Capuchinbird Perissocephalus tricolor

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cotingidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Jack Hruska and Guy M. Kirwan


Nests are made entirely from twigs of different sizes, coarser basal twigs and fine "twiglets", which intertwine to form a central cup (Snow 1972). Twigs from Eugenia are preferred. The diameter of the nest has been recorded to be between 115-135 mm in diameter and 30 mm in depth (Snow 1972). All nests found by Snow (1972) were in the understory of Rinorea brevipes, situated in bifurcations near the end of the branch. They were found between 3.9-6.3 m off the ground. All nests were found near the vicinity of lek sites, and all associated with a greater abundance of Eugenia (Snow 1972).

The single egg is pale ground khaki color with sepia and light brown blotches. Measuring 47 x 32 mm and weighing an average of 25.7 g in weight, the egg is incubated exclusively by the female for 26-27 days (Snow 1972).

Feeding of the chick is carried out exclusively by the female, who returns to the nest a combination of fruits, grasshoppers, insects and even small vertebrates (Snow 1972). Care and upkeep of the nest was also done exclusively by the female, who removes and occasionally swallows fecal sacs and regurgitated seeds (Snow 1972).

Recommended Citation

Hruska, J. and G. M. Kirwan (2012). Capuchinbird (Perissocephalus tricolor), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.