Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Capuchinbird (Perissocephalus tricolor)


French: Coracine chauve German: Kapuzinerkotinga Spanish: Cotinga capuchino

Corvus tricolor

Statius Müller

, 1776,





Extreme E Colombia (E Guainía), S & E Venezuela (S Amazonas, E Bolívar), the Guianas and N Brazil N of Amazon (from upper R Negro and Manaus area E to Amapá).

Descriptive notes

34·5–35·5 cm; male 320–402 g, female 267–367 g. Very odd-looking cotingid, with “cowled” head; bill long and strong, hooked at tip... read more


Male call is a loud, mooing “grr-aaa-oooo”. Female a rasping “waaaaaa” as... read more


Humid forest; mostly occurs below 600 m, but in Venezuelan mountains present up to 1400 m.

Food and feeding

Mainly fruits, also large insects; single record of bat (Chiroptera) seized from among foliage. Fruits mostly from trees in forest... read more


Laying in Feb–Apr in Guyana, Nov–Mar in Surinam and Jul and Oct in French Guiana; song and display at least Dec–Jul,... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common in the Guianan forests, where populations concentrated around leks and easily detected. In Surinam, where most intensively... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2019). Capuchinbird (Perissocephalus tricolor). 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 26 May 2019).