Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Lovely Cotinga (Cotinga amabilis)


French: Cotinga céleste German: Azurkotinga Spanish: Cotinga azulejo

Cotinga amabilis


, 1857,

Vera Paz, Guatemala




Caribbean slope of SE Mexico (from S Veracruz and N Oaxaca) E to N Honduras and E Nicaragua and S to E Costa Rica; rare in extreme W Panama.

Descriptive notes

18–19 cm; 66–75 g. Male is mostly deep turquoise-blue, feathers with concealed black bases; wings black with very narrow blue edges, edges broader on tertials and... read more


Generally silent; screaming calls by female when mobbing nest predator, and clear monosyllabic “ic... read more


Canopy of humid evergreen forest; also more open areas with scattered trees. To 1700 m.

Food and feeding

Fruits, especially of Lauraceae, plucked in fluttering sallies; also insects and small lizards.


Nest found in mid-May in Costa Rica, probably cup-shaped, c. 31 m up in treetop, hidden in epiphytes, contained at least 1 nestling. No... read more


None recorded. Single record from W Panama (Bocas del Toro) in 1978 possibly involved wandering... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare and local in most of range; possibly uncommon in some N parts. Population much reduced by extensive deforestation throughout its range.

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Lovely Cotinga (Cotinga amabilis). 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 February 2020).