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Blue Cotinga

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Photo of male by wim de groot Gamboa,  Panama, February 2010
Photo of male by wim de groot
Gamboa, Panama, February 2010
Cotinga nattererii


[edit] Identification

19 cm. Notice head and bill shape gives a dove-like impression

  • Turquoise blue plumage
  • Dark blue wing, throat, and belly patches
  • Black around eye and in area on back


  • All over scaly impression due to dark brown feathers broadly edged buff
  • Includes buffy throat and eye-ring

[edit] Similar species

Other Cotingas

[edit] Distribution

Photo of female by Robert ScanlonCanopy Tower, Panama, January 2004
Photo of female by Robert Scanlon
Canopy Tower, Panama, January 2004

Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, and extreme western Venezuela.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Tropical moist forest, essentially in lowland.

[edit] Behaviour

Mostly at the canopy or even on a branch protruding above the canopy. Fruit is main food source.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Ridgely & Gwynne 1989. Birds of Panama. Princeton Paperbacks. ISBN 0691025126
  3. Angehr and Dean 2010. The Birds of Panama - a field guide. Zona Tropical ISBN 9780801476747

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