Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Spangled Cotinga (Cotinga cayana)


French: Cotinga de Cayenne German: Türkiskotinga Spanish: Cotinga celeste

[Ampelis] cayana


, 1766,





Colombia E of Andes, S & E Venezuela, the Guianas, and Amazon Basin in Ecuador, Peru, Brazil (E to Maranhão, S to Rondônia and N Goiás) and N Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

20 cm; 56–72·5 g. Somewhat more contrastingly patterned than ­congeners. Male is a rather pale shining turquoise-blue, black of bases showing through on many... read more


Male call a soft, medium-pitched “hooo”, repeated 2–3 times. Flying male makes... read more


Canopy of humid forest; to 600 m, rarely to 1300 m.

Food and feeding

Mainly fruit, also insects. Fruits especially large mistletoe berries (Loranthaceae), usually taken in fluttering sally. Recorded as taking... read more


In Colombia, female brooding downy chick at end of low branch of isolated tree, chick resting on small epiphyte, apparently no trace of... read more


Possibly some local movements, e.g. in Venezuela.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Reasonably common; generally more abundant in E parts of range than in W, where outnumbered by C. maynana. Occurs in many protected areas,... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Spangled Cotinga (Cotinga cayana). 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 25 January 2020).