Spangled Cotinga

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Cotinga cayana

Spangled Cotinga


The Spangled Cotinga is a compact, medium-sized bird. This species is sexually dimorphic.

It measures about 7.9 - 8.5 inches in length and weighs around 55 - 75 grams.

Males are bright turquoise-blue with a large deep wine-red throat and black to the wings, tail and back.

Females are overall dull brownish-gray with darker wings and faint mottling below.

Both sexes have dark (not yellow) eyes.

The Spangled Cotinga and other members of the genus Cotinga do not sing or vocalize although they have been heard making a "whistling" sound from the wings during flight.

They are mainly frugivorous, taking various berries and fruits, but also eat some insects.

Found in the canopy of moist tropical forests.

Found in northern South America, east of the Andes, from eastern Colombia and south eastern Venezuela south to Mato Grosso in central Brazil, and to central Bolivia.


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