Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Purple-throated Fruitcrow (Querula purpurata)


French: Coracine noire German: Purpurbrustkotinga Spanish: Cotinga quérula

Muscicapa purpurata

Statius Müller

, 1776,



Size (wing length and weight) varies geographically, birds from Andean foothills of Peru considerably larger, and those from Central America somewhat larger, than birds from the Guianas; but differences insufficient to justify recognition of any races. Monotypic.


Caribbean side of extreme S Nicaragua, Costa Rica and W Panama and, E from Canal Zone, on both sides S to N & W Colombia (from Gulf of Urabá E to middle Magdalena Valley, and W of Andes) and NW Ecuador; also Amazonia from E Colombia (S from Meta and Vaupés), S & E Venezuela (S of R Orinoco) and the Guianas S to SE Peru, C Brazil (S to middle reaches of S tributaries) and N Bolivia; in N, apparently absent from most of R Negro drainage.

Descriptive notes

Male 28–30 cm, female 25–28 cm; male 105–122 g and female 93–101 g (Central America), male 91–115 g and female 87–104 g (the Guianas),... read more


Mellow disyllabic “oo-waa”, typically repeated at short intervals; also variety of... read more


Humid forest and mature secondary woodland; mostly below 700 m.

Food and feeding

Fruit and insects. Nestling diet includes cicadas (Cicadidae), katydids (Tettigoniidae), mantids (Mantidae), moths (Lepidoptera) and... read more


Laying probably in second half of year (wet season) in Panama; in the Guianas recorded in Feb and Apr, but moult records indicate much more... read more


None recorded. In only detailed study, apparently stable groups of individuals, perhaps family... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Quite common in some areas. Occurs in a number of protected areas, including e.g. Si-a-Paz Reserve, in Nicaragua; Los Katíos National Park, in... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Purple-throated Fruitcrow (Querula purpurata). 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 28 January 2020).