Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)


White-winged Cotinga (Xipholena atropurpurea)


French: Cotinga porphyrion German: Schmuckflügelkotinga Spanish: Cotinga aliblanco

Ampelis atro-purpurea


, 1820,

Rio Mucuri, Espírito Santo, Brazil


Sister to X. lamellipennis, based on genetic data#R. Monotypic.


Coastal E Brazil from Paraíba S to N Rio de Janeiro.

Descriptive notes

19 cm; male 58–65 g, female 56–67 g. Distinctive; wide-based bill rather flattened dorsoventrally, slightly hooked at tip, rictal bristles absent. Male plumage... read more


Male call a croak, apparently similar to that of X. punicea; also high-pitched “ch... read more


Mainly dense humid forest; also, in N of range, more open forest, and in drier areas (up to more... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruit, also insects; occasionally flowers, including those of family Malpighiaceae, also buds and stamens of Pachira (... read more


Incubation recorded in Oct and egg-laying in Nov; gonad and moult data indicate season Oct–Feb. Displaying male makes upward flight... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES I. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Slope of Alagoas and Pernambuco EBA and Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. More or less confined to 13 protected... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). White-winged Cotinga (Xipholena atropurpurea). 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 22 January 2020).