Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)


Yellow-billed Cotinga (Carpodectes antoniae)


French: Cotinga à bec jaune German: Gelbschnabelkotinga Spanish: Cotinga piquiamarillo

Carpodectes antoniæ


, 1884,

Pirris, south-western Costa Rica


Sister to C. nitidus, and DNA data#R reveal only slight genetic difference between the two; sometimes treated as conspecific, but they differ most notably in bill colour; the two replace each other geographically. Both have been considered conspecific with C. hopkei by some authors. Monotypic.


Pacific slope of Costa Rica and W Panama (E to Golfo de Montijo).

Descriptive notes

19·5–21 cm; mean 98 g. Wide-based bill with ridged culmen, tip of upper mandible notched, distinctly uncinate; rictal bristles absent in male, slightly developed... read more


Male call “cah” or “cow” like that of a dove (Columbidae) or a trogon (... read more


Mainly coastal mangroves and adjacent woodland; occasionally isolated trees in nearby open areas.... read more

Food and feeding

Only fruits recorded, including those of Lauraceae, Melastomataceae and mistle­toes (Loranthaceae). In the only known nest the... read more


Little information. One nest was c. 10 m up in a vertical fork of a mangrove tree (Rhizophora racemosa) and contained two small... read more


Evidently wanders widely, as recorded well inland from preferred coastal mangrove habitat; such... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in South Central American Pacific Slope EBA. Rare, occurring in perhaps a dozen disjunct areas within a very small global range... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Yellow-billed Cotinga (Carpodectes antoniae). 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 21 January 2020).