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 (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 (Pipreola riefferii) Male|
Predio de Conservacion Ecologico Paniquita, Cali, Colombia
Red-ruffed Fruitcrow (Pyroderus scutatus) |
Otún Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
Purple-throated Fruitcrow (Querula purpurata) Male|
Olivaceous Piha (Snowornis cryptolophus) |
ProAves Tangaras Reserve, El Carmen de Atrato, Choco, Colombia
Pihas are unicolored cotingas and usually have a strong whistle.