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White-cheeked Cotinga Zaratornis stresemanni

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cotingidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg

The White-cheeked Cotinga is a rare and local inhabitant of high elevation forests in the dry western Andes of Peru. It primarily is found in Polylepis-Gynoxys forests at 3250-4400 m, although in the non-breeding season it occurs as low as 2000 m in mixed woodland. The diet of the White-cheeked Cotingas consists almost entirely of berries of mistletoes (Tristerix, Ligaria); it is the only frugivorous bird in Polylepis forests in its range, and so the White-cheeked Cotinga probably is the primary disperser for these mistletoes.


© Ted Parker

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

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2011). White-cheeked Cotinga (Zaratornis stresemanni), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.