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Red-crested Cotinga - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Michael Hooper
Manu Road, Peru, September 2016
Ampelion rubrocristatus


21–21·5 cm (8¼-8½ in)
Crest is rarely erect, but when it is it will give the impression of a head ornament1.


Photo by xav
Yanacocha, Ecuador, July 2007

South America: found in Colombia, west Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and west Bolivia.


This is a monotypic species[2], which in the past has been placed in genus Heliochera; the second part of the name used to be rubrocristata.


Mountains at temperate to subtropical elevations, in several different habitats including forests and suburban areas.



They mainly eat fruit, with the addition of some insects on occasions.


  1. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156; this is inspiration for much of this entry.
  2. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Apr 2018)

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