Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Red-crested Cotinga (Ampelion rubrocristatus)


French: Cotinga à huppe rouge German: Rotschopfkotinga Spanish: Cotinga crestirrojo

A[mpelis]. rubro-cristata

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Ayopayo, Cochabamba, Bolivia




N Colombia (Santa Marta Mts), also Sierra de Perijá (Colombia–W Venezuela border); and Andes from W Venezuela (S from NE Trujillo) and Colombia S to Bolivia (S to Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

21–21·5 cm; male 51–80 g, female 47–67 g. Plain cotinga with long crest, which usually laid flat along nape, but may be conspicuously displayed,... read more


Commonest call a guttural, frog-like note, “rrrreh”; also, when disturbed, series of... read more


Edges of cloudforest, patches of trees and bushes, locally hedgerows with trees bordering... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruits; occasionally insects. In E Andes of Colombia, fruits of 8 species (from 8 families) recorded, with Schefflera bogotensis... read more


Laying recorded in Jan in Peru and Nov in Bolivia; records of moult, presumably post-breeding, suggest no clearly defined breeding season... read more


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common. Very wide range and tolerance of variety of disturbed habitats should ensure its survival. Occurs in several protected areas... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Red-crested Cotinga (Ampelion rubrocristatus). 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 26 February 2020).