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Ampelion rubrocristatus

Red-crested Cotinga

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cotingidae
  • Monotypic


Ampelion rubrocristatus

Salamina-Caldas, Colombia; 27 May 2014 © Sergio Chaparro-Herrera

The Red-crested Cotinga is a distinctive cotinga of the high Andes from Venezuela to Bolivia. The adult is gray overall with a white bill base to the bill and an inconspicuous tuft of red feathers, which generally is carried laid back along the nape. It has a white tail band that is particularly obvious in flight. It occurs in open cloud forest up to treeline and even above treeline in groves of Polylepis trees. Pairs or small groups often perch conspicuously in the tops of trees, sometimes giving a low, grating call.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Red-crested Cotinga (Ampelion rubrocristatus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

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