Spangled Cotinga

Spangled Cotinga

Cotinga cayana

South America

This specimen is a male, you can tell because of his beautiful bright feathers. The females are a dull brown. In the past these birds were used for decoration and food by certain rainforest tribes.

Where and how they live: Like the purple-breasted cotinga, also on display, these birds live high in rainforest canopy.

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

Are they endangered? About a third of Cotinga species are under threat of extinction. the spangled cotinga is not one of them. It is widespread and its population is stable.  Deforestation is the greatest concern for the long-term survival of these birds.

Linked objects:

Purple-breasted cotinga