Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Crimson Fruitcrow (Haematoderus militaris)


French: Coracine rouge German: Karminkotinga Spanish: Cotinga militar

Coracias ? Militaris


, 1792,





The Guianas and N & W Brazil (E from E Roraima and Manaus area, and from lower R Tocantins E to Belém area of NE Pará; also Rondônia and N Mato Grosso#R); sight records in extreme SE Colombia (Cerro Caparro)#R and S Venezuela (Cerro de la Neblina).

Descriptive notes

33–35 cm. Bill strong, hooked at tip, wide basally, rictal bristles well developed, legs relatively short, feet small. Male has feathers of crown, upper back and breast... read more


Male call a short, low-pitched “bock”.


Humid forest; to 200 m.

Food and feeding

Large insects; also takes some fruit. Insects recorded as eaten include beetles (Coleoptera), cicadas (Cicadidae) and large orthopterans;... read more


Nest-building recorded in Brazil (Manaus area) in Sept. Male flight-display with shallow beats to c. 30 m above forest, slow descent with... read more


Seasonal movements suspected, but no details.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Status not well known. Seems to be generally rare, local concentrations perhaps occurring in some areas at times. Was for long known only from the... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Crimson Fruitcrow (Haematoderus militaris). 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 February 2020).