Purple throated Fruitcrow (Querula purpurata)

Purple-throated Fruitcrow

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Cotingidae | [latin] Querula purpurata | [UK] Purple-throated Fruitcrow | [FR] Coracine noire | [DE] Purpurbrustkotinga | [ES] Cotinga Querula | [IT] Cotinga golapurpurea | [NL] Purperkeel-vruchtenkraai


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Haematoderus purpurata
Querula purpurata LA s Nicaragua through Amazonia

Physical charateristics

It is a stout medium sized glossy-black bird. Males have a large purple-red upper throat patch, (similar to the gorget of the hummingbirds), extending to the side of the neck. It has a short wide pointed grayish bill, black eyes, and gray legs.

Listen to the sound of Purple-throated Fruitcrow

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wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 34 cm size max.: 38 cm
incubation min.: 24 days incubation max.: 25 days
fledging min.: 32 days fledging max.: 33 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 1  
      eggs max.: 2  


It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela; also in southern Central America in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.


Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.


Lives in small groups during breeding season, all individuals wuill tend to the one nest. Nest is an untidy cup of small twigs, lined with even smaller twigs. Clutch size is one egg incubated for about 25 days. Young are fed by several group members and fledge after about one month.

Feeding habits

Forages in small groups for fruit, by looking for a strong branch and plucking; insects are taken by perching and short sallies to glean prey from foliage.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 5,700,000 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.
Purple-throated Fruitcrow status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range with some local movement.

Distribution map

Purple-throated Fruitcrow range map


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