Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Purple-throated Cotinga (Porphyrolaema porphyrolaema)


French: Cotinga à gorge mauve German: Purpurkehlkotinga Spanish: Cotinga gorjimorado

Cotinga porphyrolaema

Deville and P. L. Sclater

, 1852,

Sarayacu, Río Ucayali, Peru




S Colombia, E Ecuador, E Peru (S to Madre de Dios), W Amazonian Brazil (E to lower R Negro and N Mato Grosso) and N Bolivia (La Paz).

Descriptive notes

18–18·5 cm; mean 60 g. Distinctive; wide bill with strongly arched culmen, rictal bristles weakly developed. Male is black above, including wings and tail, has... read more


High, plaintive “preeeeeer”, 1–2 seconds long, regularly repeated from treetop... read more


Humid forest to 900 m, mostly to c. 400 m.

Food and feeding

Mainly fruits of forest trees, including Cecropia. Only two records of feeding behaviour, both of birds perched and leaning down... read more


A nest with chicks recorded in N Mato Grosso in Jun. Dates of moult (presumed post-breeding) suggest breeding at almost all times of year.... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not well known. Apparently uncommon or rare, but widespread; as other birds that stay mainly in canopy, is almost certainly under-recorded in areas... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Bonan, A. (2020). Purple-throated Cotinga (Porphyrolaema porphyrolaema). 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 24 January 2020).