Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)


White-cheeked Cotinga (Zaratornis stresemanni)


French: Cotinga à joues blanches German: Weißohrkotinga Spanish: Cotinga cariblanco

Zaratornis stresemanni


, 1954,

River Rímac, Lima, Peru




Andes of W Peru (La Libertad S locally to Ayacucho).

Descriptive notes

21 cm; male 46–57 g, female 47–55 g. Has black cap, white face, grey at rear auriculars; upperparts dark brown with brownish-buff streaks; median and lesser wing-... read more


Main call a loud, low-pitched series of notes, nasal in quality, “reh-reh-reh-reh-rrrrrrrrrr-... read more


High-altitude woodland, mainly of Polylepis-Gynoxys, at 3250–4400 m;... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily fruits of mistletoes (of genera Tristerix, Ligaria); an individual recently observed to eat the buds of a shrub... read more


Laying in Apr–May. Nest a deep cup of mosses and lichens, with a few small twigs, lined with coarse grasses, well hidden within large... read more


Probably resident in breeding habitat (Polylepis woodland), with some post-breeding... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian High Andes EBA. Occurs only in the Cordillera Occidental, and largely restricted to west slope where it is rare and... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). White-cheeked Cotinga (Zaratornis stresemanni). 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 27 January 2020).