Chestnut-crested Cotinga (Ampelion rufaxilla)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Cotingidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

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Age: Adult \ Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes, Colombia

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Age: Adult \ Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes, Colombia

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Age: Adult \ Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes, Colombia

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Age: Adult \ Sex: Unknown | Loc. Abra Patricia, Amazonas


Identification & Behavior: ~20.5 cm (8 in). The Chestnut-crested Cotinga has gray upperparts, breast, and tail. The head is chestnut with a black cap and a chestnut crest. The belly and rest of the underparts are yellow heavily streaked with black. It superficially resembles a juvenile Red-crested Cotinga but the chestnut head and crest are diagnostic.

Status: The Chestnut-crested Cotinga is generally rare in montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1700-2800 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Cotinga de Cresta Castaña.

Sub-species: Chestnut-crested Cotinga (Ampelion rufaxilla rufaxilla), (Tschudi), 1844.

Meaning of Name: Ampelion: Gr.ampelion, ampelionos: unknown small bird, mentioned by Dionysius. L. ampelion, ampelionis= unknown bird, variously identified. rufaxilla: L. rufus= rufous and axilla= armpit.

See more of the Family Cotingidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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References:

    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2016.

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