Gray-winged Cotinga Tijuca condita

  • © Bruno RennĂ³

One of the most recently described cotingas, it was not until the 1970s that David Snow realized that a unique specimen long thought to be a female Black-and-gold Cotinga (Tijuca atra) represented a different and previously undescribed species. Within just a couple of years, Gray-winged Cotinga had been found in the field, but despite its highly restricted range in close proximity to Rio de Janeiro, this unassuming cotinga was until very recently highly under-studied by ornithologists. Feather protein analysis, which was also used to differentiate the new species, suggested a close relationship to Screaming Piha (Lipaugus vociferans), and one of the many recent genetic studies of Cotingidae and related families uncovered evidence for a close relationship between Lipaugus and Tijuca.

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Recommended Citation

Gray-winged Cotinga (Tijuca condita), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: