The bright turquoise blue plumage of the male is breathtaking when seen in good light. It contrasts beautifully with the extensive black “spangling” on the wings and the jewel-like purple throat of the bird.
MEET THE SPANGLED COTINGA
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Photo by Mathias Appel made available here thanks to the public domain.
The female is typically more of a drab brown or gray color, with darker wings and a faint pearl-shaped mottling on her belly. She may also have darker wings.
The range of this species extends from Colombia east of the Andes all the way to southern and eastern Venezuela, and then on through Guyana, Suriname, and French Guyana. It can be found all throughout the Amazon Basin.
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Like other members of the Cotinga genus, they have no song and are frugivorous. On the other hand, it has been documented that they consume insects.
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