Purple-breasted Cotinga

Purple-breasted Cotinga

Cotinga cotinga



This specimen is a male. His amazing coloured feathers tell us so. The females are a dull brown.

Where and how they live: High up in rainforest canopy. 

What they eat: Fruit. They help maintain the forest by spreading the seeds from the fruit over a large area in their droppings. 

Are they endangered? In the past cotingas have been used by native people for food and decoration. The main worry for their future is deforestation. About one third of Cotinga species are currently threatened. The number of purple-breasted cotingas is expected to fall by over a quarter in the next 10 years.

Linked objects:

The spangled cotinga