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Photo by Leif G
Yanachaga-Chemillen National Park, Peru, October 2006
Cephalopterus ornatus


Male 48–51 cm; female 41–43 cm
Large, all-black cotinga with heavy bill, pale eye, and crest.


South America: found from southern Venezuela to Guyana, northern Bolivia and Amazonian Brazil


This is a monotypic species[1].


Photo by Stanley Jones
Podocarpus National Park, Zamora-Chinchipe Province, Ecuador, November 2014

In Peru, uncommon in humid montane forest on east slope of Andes, 600-1650m.
Also locally in Amazonia, where apparently confined to floodplains of large rivers and forested river islands.



The diet includes berries, palm fruits nuts and large insects. They will also eat lizards occasionally.


They construct a platform nest from loose twigs. The single egg is beige with brownish spotting and stippling.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2015)
  3. Answers.com

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