Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Black-tipped Cotinga (Carpodectes hopkei)


French: Cotinga blanc German: Schwarzfleckenkotinga Spanish: Cotinga blanco

Carpodectes hopkei


, 1897,

San José, River Dagua, Colombia


Genetic data#R indicate that this species is sister to the pair C. antoniae and C. nitidus; all three have sometimes been treated as conspecific. Monotypic.


SE Panama (Darién), and Pacific lowlands of W Colombia and NW Ecuador (S to S Pichincha).

Descriptive notes

Male 23·5–25 cm, female 22–23·5 cm. Wide-based bill with ridged culmen, tip of upper mandible notched, distinctly uncinate; rictal bristles absent... read more


Not recorded.


Humid forest, including mangroves, occasionally adjacent secondary woodland; to c. 900 m, once... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruit, but no details. Often recorded at universally popular Cecropia trees. Sometimes in small groups of 5–6... read more


No information. Slow-flapping apparent display-flights by males.


Some seasonal movement suspected, but no detailed information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to locally fairly common. Occurs in Darién National Park, in Panama, and Río Palenque Science Centre, in Ecuador. Global... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2019). Black-tipped Cotinga (Carpodectes hopkei). 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 15 November 2019).