Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Near Threatened

Swallow-tailed Cotinga (Phibalura flavirostris)


French: Cotinga à queue fourchue German: Gabelschwanzkotinga Spanish: Cotinga tijereta

Phibalura flavirostris


, 1816,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Usually considered conspecific with P. boliviana. Monotypic.


SE Brazil (from C Bahia, C Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo S to Rio Grande do Sul; also S Goiás, perhaps as austral migrant), E Paraguay (no recent records) and NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

21–23·5 cm; three males 43·5–59·1 g, two females 44 g and 52 g. Highly distinctive cotingid with long and forked tail, outer rectrices... read more


Generally silent; two calls recorded are a high guttural whistle, rendered “gut, gut”,... read more


Forest borders, partially wooded areas, and open areas and gardens with trees, from near sea-level... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruits, also insects. Fruits especially of various mistletoe species (Loranthaceae), e.g. Struthanthus marginatus, also of... read more


Mainly lays in Oct–Jan in Brazil, but recently fledged young observed in São Paulo as ‘early’ as late Sept and Oct... read more


Partially migratory, both longitudinally and altitudinally, being present in extreme S (Rio Grande... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Treated as Vulnerable in Argentina and in the Brazilian states of Espírito Santo and São Paulo.... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D., de Juana, E. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Swallow-tailed Cotinga (Phibalura flavirostris). 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 17 January 2020).