Guianan Red-Cotinga (Phoenicircus carnifex)

Guianan Red-Cotinga

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Cotingidae | [latin] Phoenicircus carnifex | [UK] Guianan Red-Cotinga | [FR] Cotinga rouge de Guyane | [DE] Blutkotinga | [ES] Cotinga Rojo Guayanes | [NL] Rode Cotinga


Monotypic species


Physical charateristics

The male has a brilliant scarlet crown, breast, rump, and tail. The sides of the head, throat, back, and wings are dark brown. The female of the species are duller, with olive brown wings and backs and pale rosy underparts.

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South America : Northeast Amazonia


Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.


No data.

Feeding habits

Red-cotingas appear to be completely fiugivorous, with recorded food items from the families Palmae (Euterpe), Moraceae (Ficus), and Passifloraceae. Feeding is usually solitary, although the resident males sometimes feed together. Red-cotingas are never seen accompanying the mixed species flocks that feed on fruit in the forest canopy.


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
The Guianan Red-Cotinga inhabits eastern Venezuela, the Guianas and lower Amazonian Brazil. P. carnifex is rare and local in Suriname. Aside from Brownsberg and vicinity, it has been
reported only from the Kayser Mountains in southern Suriname.
Guianan Red-Cotinga status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Guianan Red-Cotinga distribution range map

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