An Introduction to the Birds of Tropical America

    Songbirds - Cotingas  

The Cotinga family in the order Passeriformes (songbirds) could be the most spectacular. Many but not all species are highly colorful, ornate, or unique in other ways.


Andean Cock-of-the-rock
Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus) Male
Jardin, Antioquia, Colombia
One of the most spectacular tropical bird species, and even more spectacular when seen in a group at a 'lek'. Male birds come together in the same place every morning, called a lek, and make a lot of noise and commotion waiting for a female.

Green-and-black Fruiteater
Green-and-black Fruiteater (Pipreola riefferii) Male
Predio de Conservacion Ecologico Paniquita, Cali, Colombia

Red-ruffed Fruitcrow
Red-ruffed Fruitcrow (Pyroderus scutatus)
OtĂșn Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Purple-throated Fruitcrow
Purple-throated Fruitcrow (Querula purpurata) Male

Olivaceous Piha
Olivaceous Piha (Snowornis cryptolophus)
ProAves Tangaras Reserve, El Carmen de Atrato, Choco, Colombia
Pihas are unicolored cotingas and usually have a strong whistle.


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