Swallow-tailed Cotinga Phibalura flavirostris

  • Swallow-tailed Cotinga (subspecies flavirostris)
  • © Jefferson Silva

Though traditionally placed within the Cotingidae, the Swallow-tailed Cotinga is currently considered "incertae sedis" by SACC.  While the genus Phibalura is usually considered to be monotypic, the subspecies boliviana of Apolo, Bolivia is sometimes split as a species separate from the nominate subspecies flavirostris of the Atlantic forests of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina; both taxa are threatened by habitat loss.  The male Swallow-tailed Cotinga has a dark head with pale, horn-colored bill, rust-orange throat, green, black, and white spangled back, and blackish wings and blackish, forked, medium length tail.  The upper chest is white, edged with black; the lower belly is washed yellowish-white.  Females are similar but duller and less contrasting overall with shorter tails.

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Calls (Palkachupa)

© A. Bennett Hennessey

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Swallow-tailed Cotinga (Phibalura flavirostris), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: