Lovely Cotinga Cotinga amabilis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cotingidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, and Thomas S. Schulenberg


Very little information; only two nests have been reported, and the eggs are undescribed (Skutch 1969, Kirwan and Green 2011). Both nests were encountered in Costa Rica, in April and May. These two nests were at 31 m above the ground, in the canopy, and at 10 m, about halfway up a 20 m pine tree. The shape of the nest is not well known, due to the height above the ground, and because the nest is placed among epiphytes. After an attempted (or partially successful?) act of predation on one nest, the female disassembled the nest, scattering the nest materials. This female continued to provision a flightless nestling, which had fallen or fluttered to the ground. Only the female was seen attending the young. The female evidently fed fruit (Ocotea pentagona) and a small lizard to the young (Skutch 1969).

Recommended Citation

Rodríguez-Flores, C. I., C. A. Soberanes-González, M. d. C. Arizmendi, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Lovely Cotinga (Cotinga amabilis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.