Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Near Threatened

Black-and-gold Cotinga (Lipaugus ater)


French: Piauhau noir German: Goldflügelkotinga Spanish: Cotinga negro

Tijuca atra


, 1829,

Serra do Mar, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Previously separated in Tijuca, but genetic data#R place it in present genus. Monotypic.


SE Brazil in extreme E São Paulo, extreme S Minas Gerais and S Rio de Janeiro.

Descriptive notes

26·5–27·5 cm. General proportions like those of a thrush (Turdidae), with rather short wings rounded at tip; slightly hooked bill notched near tip, rictal... read more


Male call an extremely pure whistle, with short break, followed by slightly higher-pitched ending,... read more


Montane forest; mainly 1200–2050 m.

Food and feeding

Mainly fruit, also insects. Few identified records, but fruits of Lauraceae apparently important, and those of Rapanea (... read more


Old record of nest found in Nov, without details; available data indicate that females begin to moult in Dec, suggesting possible breeding... read more


Some wandering to lower altitudes in off-season indicated by Jul record in Serra do Itatiaia at c.... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Mountains EBA. Locally common. Numerous in upper parts of... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Black-and-gold Cotinga (Lipaugus ater). 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 29 February 2020).