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Swallow-tailed Cotinga

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Includes Palkachupa Cotinga

Phibalura flavirostris


[edit] Identification

Nominate subspecies has blood red iris and pink legs.

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

[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

Two subspecies are recognized, flavirostris and boliviana1.

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


[edit] Behaviour

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

[edit] References

  1. Clements, James F. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2007. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019
  2. Birdforum thread discussing the taxonomy of Swallow-tailed Cotinga

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