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Cotinga amabilis

Lovely Cotinga

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cotingidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Rodríguez-Flores, C., C. Soberanes-González, M. C. Arizmendi, and Thomas S. Schulenberg

Cotinga amabilis

Arenal Observatory Lodge, Costa Rica, 22 June 2007 © Christopher Wood

Lovely Cotinga populations are threatened in Mexico. Because these birds are quiet and silent, and prefer the higher strata of the forest, little is known about their behavior, social organization and reproductive traits. During flight, the male Lovely Cotinga produces a slight rattle with the wings. These sounds are much more frequent during the reproductive season. Cotingas are important seed dispersers in forests, as these birds consume the entire fruits and then regurgitate the seeds intact at sites away from the mother plant.

Recommended Citation

Rodríguez-Flores, C., C. Soberanes-González, M. C. Arizmendi, and Thomas S. Schulenberg. 2013. Lovely Cotinga (Cotinga amabilis), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Sally
  • Diet:Omnivorous
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern