Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)


Banded Cotinga (Cotinga maculata)


French: Cotinga cordon-bleu German: Kobaltkotinga Spanish: Cotinga maculado

Ampelis maculatus

Statius Müller

, 1776,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Recent genetic data#R indicate that this species is sister to C. cotinga. Monotypic.


Littoral areas of E Brazil in SE Bahia and N Espírito Santo; recently recorded in extreme NE Minas Gerais.

Descriptive notes

20 cm; one male 65 g. Male is glistening cobalt-blue above and on lower­most underparts, some black feather bases showing through; vinaceous purple from throat to belly,... read more


No vocal sound recorded. Flying male makes sharp whirring wing noise.


Canopy of humid forest, to limited extent also adjacent secondary woodland; below 200 m.

Food and feeding

Little information. Fruit; old statement that diet includes caterpillars and other insects perhaps unreliable. Fruits of Ficus,... read more


Single nest found (in Oct) suggests laying in Sept or Oct, and this is supported by specimen records indicating that moult (presumed post-... read more


Apparently resident; in the past some local movement reported, but none recorded in recent times. read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES I. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. Rare, and long considered to be decreasing. Has very small range, covering c. 780 km... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Banded Cotinga (Cotinga maculata). 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 on 22 February 2020).