French: Oxyrhynque huppé German: Flammenkopfkotinga Spanish: Picoagudo
Oxyrhyncus [sic] cristatus
Subspecies and Distribution
O. c. frater
(P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1868) – Costa Rica and W Panama (E to Veraguas).
O. c. brooksi
Bangs & Barbour, 1922 – E Panama.
O. c. phelpsi
Chapman, 1939 – mountains of S & SE Venezuela (except Mt Roraima) and adjacent parts of Brazil and Guyana.
O. c. hypoglaucus
(Salvin & Godman, 1883) – SE Venezuela (Mt Roraima), the Guianas and NE Brazil (Amapá).
O. c. tocantinsi
Chapman, 1939 – S Pará (from E side of lower R Tocantins SW to Serra dos Carajás, on W side), in Brazil.
O. c. cristatus
Swainson, 1821 – SE Brazil (S Goiás, Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo S to Santa Catarina), E Paraguay and extreme NE Argentina (N Misiones).
c. 17 cm; 42 g. Distinctive cotingid with sharply pointed bill and small head. Male nominate race has black crown mixed with olive, red erectile crest usually held flattened... read more
Male song exceptionally distinctive, an extremely firm, sharp whistle lasting 1–3 seconds,... read more
Humid tropical forest, usually at 400–1100 m, in Venezuela to 1200 m (Sierra de Lema);... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on fruits, also invertebrates. Both large and small fruits eaten, include berries of various families (e.g. Ericaceae, Loranthaceae,... read more
Singing period Feb–Jun in Costa Rica and Sept–Nov in SE Brazil, probably represents breeding season; nest found in Feb in... read more
Minimal information. Probably sedentary; possibly some altitudinal movements, descending to lower... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Status difficult to determine, as species poorly known and very hard to observe. Appears to be fairly common, but often local; only... read more
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