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Swallow-tailed Cotinga

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Photo © by Francisco PaludoBocaiúva do Sul, Paraná, Brazil, July 2018
Photo © by Francisco Paludo
Bocaiúva do Sul, Paraná, Brazil, July 2018

Includes Palkachupa Cotinga

Phibalura flavirostris

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[edit] Identification

21–23·5 cm (8¼-9¼ in)

  • Nominate subspecies has blood red iris and pink legs.

[edit] Variation

Subspecies boliviana has mustard yellow eyes and orange-yellow legs.

[edit] Distribution

South-eastern Brazil, eastern Paraguay and Argentina, and western Bolivia.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

FemalePhoto © by Francisco PaludoBocaiúva do Sul, PR, Brazil, July 2018
Female
Photo © by Francisco Paludo
Bocaiúva do Sul, PR, Brazil, July 2018

Two subspecies are recognized1:

  • P. f. boliviana:
  • Foothills of western Bolivia (La Paz)
  • P. f. flavirostris :

The subspecies boliviana (living in Bolivia) is separated from the nominate subspecies by about 2500 km. A paper from 2004 describes the first systematic observations of this subspecies since its rediscovery in 2000. This subspecies has been proposed for status as a full species Phibalura boliviana (Palkachupa Cotinga)2.

[edit] Habitat

Forests.

[edit] Behaviour

The nominate form migrates seasonally between lower and higher elevation areas.

[edit] References

  1. 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/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2018)
  3. Birdforum thread discussing the taxonomy of Swallow-tailed Cotinga

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