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


Conservation Status

Lovely Cotinga has a large geographic range, and so its IUCN Red List status is of Least Concern (a population of 20,000-49,999 individuals and a distribution of 298,000 km2; BirdLife International 2013). Nonetheless, it is classified as threatened under Mexican law (NOM-059 SEMARNAT 2010). This is also a species of high concern to Partners in Flight (Berlanga et al. 2010). Based on determinations of habitat loss, Berlanga et al. (2010) estimated that 50% or more of its population has been lost in Mexico during the last century.

Effects of human activity on populations

The primary threat to Lovely Cotinga is conversion of its forested habitat for agriculture and livestock grazing. Although these trends have not been quantified, populations of Lovely Cotinga have declined, probably significantly, throughout its range, as a result of deforestation (Stiles and Skutch 1989, Snow 2004, Kirwan and Green 2011).

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.