Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Plum-throated Cotinga (Cotinga maynana)


French: Cotinga des Maynas German: Veilchenkehlkotinga Spanish: Cotinga mayna

[Ampelis] Maynana


, 1766,

Maynas, Peru




C & W Amazon Basin in S Colombia, E Ecuador, E Peru, W Brazil (E to lower R Negro and lower R Madeira) and N Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

19–19·5 cm; mean 69 g. Male is turquoise-blue, some pink feather bases showing through; comparatively small deep purple patch on throat; flight-feathers and... read more


No vocal sound recorded. Male makes twittering wing noise in normal flight, much louder in display-... read more


Canopy of humid forest, especially seasonally flooded forest (várzea); mostly below 700 m.

Food and feeding

Only fruit recorded, usually taken in fluttering sally, sometimes while perched. The large, plum-like fruits of mistletoes of genus ... read more


No clear information on breeding season. Displaying male flies slightly downwards from high perch, then out over open space for c. 40 m,... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common; at least locally common in upper and central Amazonian forest region. In Ecuador, severe decline in numbers... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Plum-throated Cotinga (Cotinga maynana). 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 23 February 2020).