Bare necked Fruitcrow (Gymnoderus foetidus)

Bare-necked Fruitcrow

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Cotingidae | [latin] Gymnoderus foetidus | [UK] Bare-necked Fruitcrow | [FR] Coracine a col nu | [DE] Nackthalskotinga | [ES] Cuellopelado | [IT] Cotinga testanuda | [NL] Kaalnek-vruchtenkraai


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Querula foetidus
Gymnoderus foetidus SA Amazonia

Physical charateristics

The male is mainly blue-black with silver-grey wings. It gets its name from the blue bare skin on its neck which is all crinkled and folded. The eyering is also bare and blue. The female lacks the grey wings and has much less bare skin on the head.

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wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 34 cm size max.: 38 cm
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broods: 1   eggs min.: 1  
      eggs max.: 1  


It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.


Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical swamps. It is usually found along rivers or beside lakes where it is normally in groups when perched and conspicuous when flying.


The nest is a small cup made out of lichens and lined with fungus placed about 8 meter above ground. Clutch size is one egg.

Feeding habits

Forages for fruit by perching and picking food, also feeds on large insects like grasshoopers and dragonflies. These are hunted by wing and (unlike onther cotinga’s) by foot. This species will run actively on branches chasing prey.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 5,300,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘frequent’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Bare-necked Fruitcrow status Least Concern


Moves regularly in high flying flocks, it is unknown if these movements are just local or part of a migratory pattern.

Distribution map

Bare-necked Fruitcrow range map


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