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Plum-throated Cotinga - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Stanley Jones
Napo Wildlife Center, Yasuni National Park, Ecuador, 2 February 2016
Cotinga maynana


Photo © by Joseph Morlan
Rio Ucayali, Rio Yamallpa, Loreto, Peru, 10 June 2019.

19½-20½ cm (7¼-8 in)
Male is turquoise blue with purple throat and light eyes; outer primaries are black and attenuated. Female is overall brown with indistinct buff scaling on upperparts and light spotting below; eyes usually light.

Similar Species

Spangled Cotinga is similar but male has black wing scalloping and female has dark eyes.


Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical swamps, and heavily degraded former forest.


Usually sits motionless high in the canopy.


Male display flights have been described, but its nest is unknown.


Fruit, especially mistletoe, usually taken while fluttering.


None known. Males make a twittering noise with their wings.




  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Plum-throated Cotinga (Cotinga maynana), 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/pltcot1
  3. Snow, D. (2019). Plum-throated Cotinga (Cotinga maynana). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/57035 on 12 July 2019).
  4. Schulenberg, T. S. & Stotz, D. F. & Lane, D. F. & O'Neill, J. P. & Parker III, T. A. & Egg, A. B. (2010). Birds of Peru: Revised and Updated Edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691130231

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