Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Blue Cotinga (Cotinga nattererii)


French: Cotinga bleu German: Prachtkotinga Spanish: Cotinga azul

Ampelis Nattererii


, 1840,

“Bogotá” [presumably from lower altitude in adjacent Magdalena Valley], Colombia


Recent genetic data#R indicate sister relationship with C. ridgwayi. Monotypic.


Panama (E from W Colón), Colombia (Pacific lowlands and E to middle Magdalena Valley), extreme W Venezuela (NW Táchira, Mérida) and NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas).

Descriptive notes

18–20 cm. Male is mostly deep turquoise-blue, feathers with concealed black bases, black eyering; wings black, narrowly edged blue, edges broader on tertials and... read more


No vocal sound by male; flying male makes whistling wing noise. Loud shrieks by female at nest.


Canopy of humid forest and secondary woodland, mostly below 300 m, occasionally higher; to 1000 m,... read more

Food and feeding

Only fruit recorded, usually taken in brief fluttering sally. Sometimes forages in small groups of up to c. 10 individuals.


Two records of laying in Feb in Panama. Nest, used in two successive years, 28 m above ground in sandbox tree (Hura crepitans), in... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to rare throughout range. Numbers undoubtedly much reduced by extensive destruction of lowland forest, especially in Ecuador, where now very... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Blue Cotinga (Cotinga nattererii). 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 January 2020).