Purple-breasted Cotinga (Cotinga cotinga)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonia, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Guyana

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. No Data

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. No Data

Identification & Behavior: ~18 cm (7 in). The male Purple-breasted cotinga has deep blue upperparts. The throat and rest of the underparts are deep purple. The female is brown overall with bold black scales on the underparts. It forages in the canopy of the forest with nutrient-poor soils. It is similar to the Plum-throated Cotinga and the Spangled Cotinga but is distinguished by bright deep purple underparts. The Female has bold scales and looks darker.

Status: The Purple-throated Cotinga is rare in a small region in northern Peru with forests with predominantly poor soils. It also occurs in Co and Br.

Name in Spanish: Cotinga de Pecho Púrpura.

Sub-species: Purple-breasted Cotinga (Cotinga cotinga), (Linnaeus), 1766.

Meaning of Name: Cotinga: Tupí name Catingá= bright forest (bird), for the colourful cotingas. cotinga.

See more of the Family Cotingidae   peru aves

Distribution Map


    • 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.