Unsorted Wild Birds

Spangled Cotinga

Spangled Cotinga Habitat and Description


The Spangled Cotinga (Cotinga cayana) is a South American endemic that lives in the canopy of the Amazon Rainforest throughout the tropical zone of eastern Colombia east of the Andes, Venezuela north to Táchira, Mérida, and Delta Amacuro, the Guianas, south through eastern Ecuador and eastern Peru to northern Bolivia, and east across central and northern Brazil to Belém, Amapá, southeastern Pará, and extreme northern Goiás (Traylor 1979).

The range of the Spangled Cotinga overlaps with those of the Purple-breasted Cotinga (C. cotinga) and the Plum-throated Cotinga (C. maynana).

Natural Habitat:

Subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. They are usually found perching on dead tree-tops (Snow 1982).

Diet / Feeding

They feed mainly on fruit.


Males have a distinctive turquoise-blue plumage with a large deep wine-red throat.

Females are greyish in color with black spotted mottling that is scaly in appearance.

These cotingas are usually silent, except when alarmed by predators.

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Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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