Banded Cotinga

South America


Cotinga maculata


It has a very restricted natural range which is threatened by continued clearing of the forest canopy.

The Banded Cotinga, a Brazilian native, prefers the tropical and moist lowland ecosystems of the Atlantic Forest. There is little information about its foraging and breeding behaviour although it is known to eat fruits, seeds, and insects found in high trees.

A sexually-dimorphic passerine bird, an adult male’s plumage is decked out with glossy blue and purple colours while a female only has brown and white colours. Moreover, the male’s primary feathers produce a whirring sound during flight or display behaviour.