Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Snowy Cotinga (Carpodectes nitidus)


Taxonomy

French: Cotinga neigeux German: Grauscheitelkotinga Spanish: Cotinga níveo
Taxonomy:

Carpodectes nitidus

Salvin

, 1865,

Tucurriquí, Costa Rica

.

Sister to C. antoniae, and sometimes considered conspecific (see above). See also C. hopkei. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Caribbean slope from NW Honduras S to extreme W Panama; sight record from extreme E Guatemala#R.

Descriptive notes

19·5–21 cm; mean 105 g. Wide-based bill with ridged culmen, tip of upper mandible notched, distinctly uncinate; rictal bristles absent in male, slightly... read more

Voice

Male call seldom heard, consists of 2–6 rapidly repeated notes, between “chü” and “chee”.

Habitat

Canopy of humid forest and adjacent tall secondary growth; to c. 750 m.

Food and feeding

Fruits, especially of Lauraceae, mistletoes (Loranthaceae) and figs (Ficus); plucked either while perched or in brief flight sally.

Breeding

Data only from Costa Rica (three records). Egg laid in late Mar or early Apr, downy nestling on 21st Mar, and young fed in nest in Apr. One... read more

Movements

Evidently wanders widely, varying temporarily from common to rare in any one locality. Recent... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central American Caribbean Slope EBA. Little information on numbers, but population undoubtedly reduced by... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2017). Snowy Cotinga (Carpodectes nitidus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/57042 on 23 September 2017).