Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Near Threatened

White-tailed Cotinga (Xipholena lamellipennis)


Taxonomy

French: Cotinga à queue blanche German: Weißschwanzkotinga Spanish: Cotinga coliblanco
Taxonomy:

Ampelis lamellipennis

Lafresnaye

, 1839,

South America = Belém, Pará, Brazil

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Genetic data#R show this species to be sister to X. atropurpurea. Birds from Santarém (lower R Tapajós) described as race pallidior, but inseparable. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Lower Amazonian Brazil S of Amazon, from Pará (W bank and drainage of lower R Tapajós) E to N Maranhão.

Descriptive notes

19–20 cm. Distinctive; wide-based bill rather flattened dorsoventrally, slightly hooked at tip, rictal bristles absent. Male plumage has very heavy deposition of... read more

Voice

Loud “purp” given by both sexes.

Habitat

Canopy of humid forest; to 400 m.

Food and feeding

Almost unknown. Probably mainly fruits; single record of Phytolacca fruit eaten.

Breeding

Calculated dates of onset of moult (presumably post-breeding) in nearly all months of year, indicating no fixed breeding season. Male... read more

Movements

None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Poorly known. Apparently nowhere common; as its congeners, however, it is a treetop bird easily overlooked in areas of unbroken forest.

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2017). White-tailed Cotinga (Xipholena lamellipennis). 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/57040 on 23 September 2017).