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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Blue cotingas (Cotinga) generally are very quiet, and Lovely Cotinga is no exception. Male Lovely Cotinga sometimes is described as silent (Howell and Webb 1995), but the male possibly utters "high-pitched metallic notes" (Kirwan and Green 2011). Females also usually are quiet, but give "loud, agonized shrieks" (Stiles and Skutch 1989) when defending chick agains potential predators (Skutch 1969, Stiles and Skutch 1989, Snow 2004); also have a quieter "low, clear ic ic ic ..." (Skutch 1969, Stiles and Skutch 1989), again given in the presence of a perceived threat to the young (Stiles and Skutch 1989, Snow 2004).

There are no known audio recordings of vocalizations of Lovely Cotinga.

Nonvocal Sounds

"Dry fluttering rattles" (Kirwan and Green 2011) or "sound between rapid tinkle and rattle" (Skutch 1969, Stiles and Skutch 1989) are given in flight by the male; this sound presumably is produced by the modified outer primaries.

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.