Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Black-necked Red Cotinga (Phoenicircus nigricollis)


French: Cotinga à col noir German: Samtkotinga Spanish: Cotinga rojo cuellinegro

P[hoenicircus]. nigricollis


, 1832,

Rio Negro near Barcelos, Brazil


Closely related to P. carnifex (see above). Monotypic.


E Ecuador, NE Peru, SE Colombia, extreme S Venezuela (S Amazonas), and upper and middle Amazonian Brazil (E to lower R Negro and, S of Amazon, to lower and middle R Tapajós and R Curuá).

Descriptive notes

Male 22 cm, 93 g; female 24 cm. Distinctive; feathers of forehead directed forwards, half concealing nostrils, prominent bristly feathers around base of both mandibles,... read more


Male advertising call a loud “whea”, often preceded by soft “wur”; in... read more


Humid forest; to 400 m.

Food and feeding

Almost exclusively fruit, but few details; only identified fruits Trichilia (Meliaceae). Also arachnid remains in one stomach.


No information. In NE Peru, male seen to display, with several others in auditory contact, from 3–5 favoured perches, often... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally rare and local; recorded at only two localities in Venezuela. Known to occur in some protected areas, e.g. Amacayacu National Park, in... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Black-necked Red Cotinga (Phoenicircus nigricollis). 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 28 January 2020).