Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Guianan Red Cotinga (Phoenicircus carnifex)


French: Cotinga ouette German: Blutkotinga Spanish: Cotinga rojo guayanés

[Lanius] Carnifex


, 1758,



Closely related to P. nigricollis; could perhaps be considered conspecific, except for fact that ranges overlap in region of lower R Tapajós and perhaps between there and R Xingu. Monotypic.


SE Venezuela (E Bolívar), the Guianas and lower Amazonian Brazil (E from E Roraima and Manaus area and, S of Amazon, from lower R Tapajós E to NW Maranhão).

Descriptive notes

Male 22 cm, 82 g; female 24 cm, 95 g. Distinctive; feathers of forehead directed forwards, half concealing nostrils, prominent bristly feathers around base of both mandibles... read more


Male advertising call a 3-syllable “pee-chew-eet”; in aerial display, high-pitched... read more


Humid forest; to c. 600 m.

Food and feeding

Apparently exclusively frugivorous; fruits from families Arecaceae, Lauraceae, Moraceae, Passifloraceae, Myrtaceae, Guttiferae,... read more


Display period in Surinam Dec–May or, possibly, later. Male displays at lek, with several others (not necessarily in visual contact... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rather rare and local throughout much of range, reasons for which not understood; locally fairly common in Guyana. Occurs in Imataca... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Guianan Red Cotinga (Phoenicircus carnifex). 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 20 January 2020).