Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Black-faced Cotinga (Conioptilon mcilhennyi)


French: Cotinga à face noire German: Schwarzgesichtkotinga Spanish: Cotinga carinegro

Conioptilon mcilhennyi

Lowery and O’Neill

, 1966,

Balta, Río Curanja, Loreto, Peru




SE Peru (Ucayali, Cuzco, Madre de Dios) and adjacent parts of Brazil (upper R Juruá, in Acre) and Bolivia (Pando).

Descriptive notes

23 cm; two males 89 g and 91 g, one female 81 g. Bill wide at base, slightly hooked at tip, rictal bristles well developed, scattered feathers on chin and crown with hardened... read more


Song an upwardly inflected “briiing”; another call, used frequently in counter-calling... read more


Humid forest, especially swampy or seasonally flooded forest along lake and river margins; in... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruit, plucked in hovering flight; also insects, winged ants (Hymenoptera) recorded; also, perhaps exceptionally, flower parts.... read more


Two nests recorded, both in Sept in Peru; laying in late Aug or Sept in Bolivia. Both nests very small: one, made of fine plant fibres and... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in South-east Peruvian Lowlands EBA. Not well known. Probably not uncommon. Lives in habitat where... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Black-faced Cotinga (Conioptilon mcilhennyi). 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 17 January 2020).