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(Animals) any tropical American passerine bird of the family Cotingidae, such as the umbrella bird and the cock-of-the-rock, having a broad slightly hooked bill. Also called: chatterer


(koʊˈtɪŋ gə, kə-)

any of numerous suboscine birds comprising the family Cotingidae, of New World tropical forests: diverse in size and habits, with many species having spectacular plumage and far-carrying voices.
[1775–85; < New Latin < French < Tupi]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cotinga - passerine bird of New World tropicscotinga - passerine bird of New World tropics
New World flycatcher, tyrant bird, tyrant flycatcher, flycatcher - large American birds that characteristically catch insects on the wing
genus Cotinga - type genus of the Cotingidae: cotingas
Rupicola rupicola, cock of the rock - tropical bird of northern South America the male having brilliant red or orange plumage and an erectile disklike crest
cock of the rock, Rupicola peruviana - bird of the Andes similar to Rupicola rupicola
bellbird - any of several tropical American birds of the genus Procnias having a bell-like call
Cephalopterus ornatus, umbrella bird - black tropical American bird having a large overhanging crest and long feathered wattle
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The cotingas present variable nest architecture and placement, and complex breeding behaviors, without a consistent pattern within the family or subfamilies (Snow 1971, Kirwan and Green 2011): Haematoderus militaris (Whittaker 1993) and P.
According to a paper published in the journal, Science, palm trees in Brazil's Atlantic Forest have quickly evolved to produce smaller seeds as the populations of large-billed, fruit-eating birds such as toucans and cotingas have disappeared.
It provides a species-by-species account of cotingas and manikins, two large families of colorful birds from the American tropics.
tanagers, thrushes, cotingas, starlings, birds of paradise, waxwings), non-passerine birds (e.
Purple-throated fruit crows, toucans, parrots, macaws, double-toothed kites, hawk eagles, spangled cotingas (small birds like turquoise jewels).
The gorgeous yellow, red, blue and green feathers of hummingbirds, parrots, herons, spoonbills, blue cotingas, and ducks were gathered from all corners of the Aztec empire, with the most prized quetzal plumes harvested in Guatemala.
Opportunistic observations of Yellow-billed Cotingas at several locations indicate that the species requires access to mature fruits from Lauraceae, Annonaceae, Moraceae, and other mixed forest tree species, will feed on invertebrate prey, and will occasionally engage in courtship display in forest and mangrove habitat.
Purplethroated fruit crows, toucans, parrots, macaws, double-toothed kites, hawk eagles, spangled cotingas (small birds like turquoise jewels).
Using distributions of four bird families (Psittacidae, parrots; Furnariidae, ovenbirds and woodcreepers; Tyrannidae, New World flycatchers, including cotingas and manakins; and Troglodytinae, wrens) plotted onto the same grid used here, Fjeldsa and Rahbek (1998) also found high species richness in the montane Andes, but for these bird data the peak of species richness occurred farther to the north, in central Ecuador (see Fjeldsa & Rahbek, 1998, fig.
Bird-watchers from around the world climb the tower to see the yellow-green tyrannulet, a small bird endemic to central and eastern Panama, as well as elusive green shrike vireos and stunning blue cotingas, both of which are normally hard to spot because they reside in the canopy's uppermost levels.
Pages 170-462 in Handbook of the birds of the world: Cotingas to pipits and wagtails (J.