Blue Cotinga Cotinga nattererii

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A brilliantly-colored, turquoise-blue songbird of humid, tropical forests, the Blue Cotinga has a restricted range and is only found in parts of Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Strongly sexually-dimorphic, the female Blue Cotinga is actually dark brown and lacks the male's stunning blue plumage. The Blue Cotinga can be found in a range of elevations; normally found in the canopies of forests below 300 meters, it has been recorded in forests as high as 1400 meters in Colombia. Only recorded feeding on fruits, the Blue Cotinga may forage in small groups of up to 10 individuals. The Blue Cotinga's population is believed to be stable, and consequently has not been placed on any threatened species lists; however, better study of the population's structure and stability is needed.

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Wing sounds

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Blue Cotinga (Cotinga nattererii), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: