Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Purple-breasted Cotinga (Cotinga cotinga)


French: Cotinga de Daubenton German: Purpurlatzkotinga Spanish: Cotinga pechimorado

[Ampelis] Cotinga


, 1766,

Belém, Pará, Brazil


Sister to C. maculata (which see); the two are similar in plumage and in male’s wingtip modification. Monotypic.


Extreme E Colombia, S & E Venezuela, the Guianas, and N & E Amazonian Brazil (E to W Maranhão and S to extreme N Goiás; W limit uncertain); isolated records in NE Peru (San Martín) and W Brazil (Rondônia, S Amazonas).

Descriptive notes

18 cm; one male 53 g, one female 55 g. Bill comparatively short, curved on culmen. Male is glistening deep cobalt-blue above and on lowermost underparts, some black feather... read more


Usually silent; rarely, a high, plaintive, repeated “preeeeeeer” heard. Flying male... read more


Canopy of humid forest; to 800 m.

Food and feeding

Apparently only fruit. Stomachs of two specimens contained fruits of Euterpe palm.


No clear information.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally uncommon to rather rare; possibly locally fairly common in the Guianas. Generally less common than sympatric and more widespread C.... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Purple-breasted Cotinga (Cotinga cotinga). 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 22 January 2020).