Spangled Cotinga

The species is sexually dimorphic with the male being a bright turquoise-blue with a large deep wine-red throat and black to the wings, tail and back. The female is overall dull brownish-gray with darker wings and faint mottling below. As other members of the genus Cotinga, this species is frugivorous, but it has also been recorded feeding on insects.

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The Spangled Cotinga is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Spangled Cotinga (Cotinga cayana) is a species of bird in the Cotingidae family, the cotingas. It is found in the canopy of the Amazon Rainforest in South America. The species is sexually dimorphic with the male being a bright turquoise-blue with a large deep wine-red throat and black to the wings, tail and back. The female is overall dull brownish-gray with darker wings and faint mottling below. More

spangled cotinga was observed chasing a black-headed parrot (Pionites melanocephala). FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET Fruit and berries are consumed, often "gorging" at a masting tree or bush such as mistletoe. The fruits are often plucked on the wing. Although the seeds of larger species (e.g., mistletoe) might be regurgitated, smaller seeds are often swallowed. Insects are also taken. REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY The mating system is not completely known within this group. More

The range of the Spangled Cotinga overlaps considerably with those of C. cotinga (the Purple-breasted Cotinga) and C. maynana (the Plum-throated Cotinga). Within their range, Spangled Cotingas are usually found perching on dead tree-tops (Snow 1982), sometimes for long periods of time. They are usually silent unless alarmed by predators. There are an additional five species of Blue Chatterer in South and Central America. More

The Spangled Cotinga is a beautiful example of the Cotingidae. It lives in the northern two thirds of South America east of the Andes. It favors the lowland wetland forests and is common in its range. Classification Order: Passeriformes Family: Cotingidae Genus: Cotinga Species: C. More

Spangled Cotinga determination Similar species Cotingidae Bare-necked Fruitcrow | Capuchinbird | Crimson Fruitcrow | Dusky Purpletuft | Guianan Cock-of-the-rock | Guianan Red-Cotinga | Pompadour Cotinga | Purple-breasted Cotinga | Purple-throated Fruitcrow | Screaming Piha | Sharpbill | Spangled Cotinga | White Bellbird | Conservation status Spangled Cotinga status Least Concern Spangled Cotinga (Cotinga cayana) More

Geographic range: Spangled cotingas are found in the Amazon River basin of Brazil, the rainforest of Venezuela, French Guiana, Guyuana, eastern Colombia, and northwestern Bolivia. Spangled cotingas prefer fruit and berries, and often search for food in the same trees as other members of the cotinga family. (Illustration by Emily Damstra. Reproduced by permission.) Habitat: Spangled cotingas live in the canopy under the treetops of lowland rainforests, rarely above 2,000 feet (600 meters) in elevation. More

Spangled Cotinga,taken by Chris Collins According to many top Neotropical birdwatchers, Guyana is one of the best places in South America to see several highly sought-after species of Cotingas, including Crimson Fruitcrow, Guianan Red-Cotinga, Dusky Purpletuft, Capuchinbird, and Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock. After a one-week birdwatching trip through Guyana, during which the group saw 11 species of Cotingas, the writer Simon Papps declared Guyana as, "Cotinga Central" in the February 2007 issue of Birdwatch magazine. More

Spangled cotingaBirds in Suriname = - Spangled cotinga, Cotinga de Cayenne, Anamb More

The Spangled Cotinga is a passerine bird found in South America. It is hunted for its colorful feathers, which are used for making fishing flies and decorations by indigenous tribes. There are seven other cotinga species within this genus. This bird ranges has a range within the Amazon Basin. It occurs in Brazil, Venezuela, French Guiana, Guyana, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Bolivia. Its natural habitat is tropical lowland forests. It can commonly be found dwelling up in the canopy, just under the treetops. More

The Spangled Cotinga is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela, in the Guianas, the Amazon Basin and the eastern Orinoco River Basin of Venezuela. Its natural habitat is tropical moist lowland forests. The species is dimorphic with the male being a distinctive turquoise-blue with a large deep wine-red throat; the female is a medium grayish with black spotted mottling, scaly in appearance. Canon EOS-1D Mark III ,Canon EF 300mm f/2. More

The spangled cotinga has a wide, black beak, slightly hooked at the end. The wings are black with two pale bands, and have rounded tips. The head and back are turquoise-blue with black markings. The eyes are black. The belly and breast are also turquoise-blue. The tail is black. The legs are short. This species does not sing: in flight it makes a loud whistle produced by vibrating specialized wing feathers. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Cotingidae
Genus : Cotinga
Species : cayana
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1766)
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