Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Near Threatened

Swallow-tailed Cotinga (Phibalura flavirostris)


Taxonomy

French: Cotinga à queue fourchue German: Gabelschwanzkotinga Spanish: Cotinga tijereta
Taxonomy:

Phibalura flavirostris

Vieillot

, 1816,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Usually considered conspecific with P. boliviana (see below). Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE Brazil (from C Bahia, C Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo S to Rio Grande do Sul; also S Goiás, perhaps as austral migrant), E Paraguay (no recent records) and NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

21–23·5 cm; three males 43·5–59·1 g, two females 44 g and 52 g. Highly distinctive cotingid with long and forked tail, outer rectrices... read more

Voice

Generally silent; two calls recorded are a high guttural whistle, rendered “gut, gut”,... read more

Habitat

Forest borders, partially wooded areas, and open areas and gardens with trees, from near sea-level... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruits, also insects. Fruits especially of various mistletoe species (Loranthaceae), e.g. Struthanthus marginatus, also of... read more

Breeding

Mainly lays in Oct–Jan in Brazil, but recently fledged young observed in São Paulo as ‘early’ as late Sept and Oct... read more

Movements

Partially migratory, both longitudinally and altitudinally, being present in extreme S (Rio Grande... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Treated as Vulnerable in Argentina and in the Brazilian states of Espírito Santo and São Paulo.... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D., de Juana, E. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Swallow-tailed Cotinga (Phibalura flavirostris). 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/57001 on 25 September 2017).