Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)


Chestnut-bellied Cotinga (Doliornis remseni)


French: Cotinga de Remsen German: Kastanienbauchkotinga Spanish: Cotinga de Remsen

Doliornis remseni

Robbins et al.

, 1994,

Cerro Mongus, Carchi, Ecuador


Sometimes considered conspecific with D. sclateri, but differs (in male) in its more extensive dirty grey breast (2); rufous-chestnut belly to vent vs greyish-tawny belly and rufous vent (3); darker grey face and throat (1); also larger size (effect size for tail based on published data#R 2.5, score 2). Treatment as separate species also supported by genetic data#R. Monotypic.

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Locally in C Andes of Colombia (Quindío) and E Andes of Ecuador (SE Carchi to Zamora-Chinchipe); no records but likely to occur in N Peru#R.

Descriptive notes

21·5 cm; male 58·5–72 g, one female 64 g. Male has black top of head, dark orange-red nuchal crest (usually concealed or mostly so); rest of head dark... read more


Poorly known, but few existing recordings are almost identical to D. sclateri, a raspy... read more


Stunted woodland at or near tree-line; 2875–3650 m, mostly above 3100 m.

Food and feeding

Only recorded food items are fruit, including those of Escallonia and Miconia chlorocarpa.


No information.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Central Andean Páramo EBA. First discovered in 1989; currently known from some 10–14 localities, two in Colombia... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Chestnut-bellied Cotinga (Doliornis remseni). 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 21 January 2020).