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Turquoise Cotinga Cotinga ridgwayi

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The Turquoise Cotinga is a spectacularly colored songbird of Costa Rica and western Panama.  It occurs in humid forest canopy, primarily in the lowlands in Costa Rica but up to 1600 meters in Panama.  Males are a fantastic metallic blue overall with a purple throat and lower belly and primarily blackish wings and tail, while females are dusky above and buffy below with black spotting below and white spotting on the head.  The species is considered to be vulnerable by the IUCN Red List due to the threat of deforestation within its range, especially in Panama.

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  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Turquoise Cotinga (Cotinga ridgwayi), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/turcot1