The Snowy Cotinga is one of three allopatrically-distributed species in the genus Carpodectes. All the males in this genus are stunning white, while females are gray with white wing edgings. The Snowy is the only member of the genus with both a dark bill and dark eye. It occurs along the Caribbean slope of Central America from northwestern Honduras to northwestern Panama. It occurs in humid forest and second growth, and is generally spotted perched on top of an exposed branch in the canopy. Fruits are taken by plucking or sallying, and the nest is a very small cup-like construction placed in a tree. Individual Snowy Cotingas apparently wander widely, perhaps in response to food availability.