Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Pompadour Cotinga (Xipholena punicea)


French: Cotinga pompadour German: Pompadourkotinga Spanish: Cotinga Pompadour

Turdus puniceus


, 1764,

South America = Suriname




Extreme E Colombia (Vichada S to N Vaupés), S & E Venezuela (S of R Orinoco), the Guianas, N & C Amazonian Brazil (E to Amapá and, S of Amazon, R Juruá E to W Pará and S to S Mato Grosso), NE Peru (Loreto) and extreme NE Bolivia (Serranía de Huanchaca); single records from SE Ecuador and NE Colombia (Arauca).

Descriptive notes

19–20 cm; male 60–72 g, female 58–76 g. Distinctive; wide-based bill rather flattened dorsoventrally, slightly hooked at tip, rictal bristles absent. Male... read more


Male call a loud, frog-like, rattling croak, given rarely; also rustling wing noise during display... read more


Canopy of humid forest; to 1300 m. Found in various forest types along Amazon, including ... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruit, some insects. Fruits of palms (including Euterpe) and Ficus and Brosimum (both Moraceae) recorded... read more


Calculated dates of onset of moult (presumably post-breeding) in all months of year, indicating no fixed breeding season. Male performs... read more


Probably wanders, perhaps extensively, in search of fruit, but no details known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Most numerous N of Amazon, from E Colombia E to the Guianas; S of Amazon records sparse, probably representing small local populations or wandering... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Bonan, A. (2020). Pompadour Cotinga (Xipholena punicea). 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 25 February 2020).