Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)


Turquoise Cotinga (Cotinga ridgwayi)


French: Cotinga turquoise German: Ridgwaykotinga Spanish: Cotinga turquesa

Cotinga ridgwayi


, 1887,

Pozo Azul, Costa Rica


Sister to C. nattererii (which see). Monotypic.


Pacific slope of Costa Rica (S from Gulf of Nicoya) and extreme W Panama (W Chiriquí).

Descriptive notes

17–18·5 cm; male 51·5–54g, female 63·2–65·7 g. Male is mostly deep turquoise-blue, feathers with concealed black bases; wings... read more


Generally silent; female distress call a raucous shriek. Flying male makes soft twittering wing... read more


Canopy of humid forest and second-growth woodland; to 1850 m, in Panama generally below 900 m.

Food and feeding

Only fruits recorded, of a wide variety, from tree fruits and parasitic mistletoes (Loranthaceae) to berries of low-growing poke-weed (... read more


Single record from Costa Rica. Nest a slight, shallow cup of coiled tendrils and long fungal strands, sited 9 m up at fork of horizontal... read more


Evidently subject to irregular wandering, perhaps related to local availability of fruit.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in South Central American Pacific Slope EBA. Generally rare and local, and has very small range in a narrow belt of humid forest... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Turquoise Cotinga (Cotinga ridgwayi). 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 February 2020).