Meet The Red-Wine Colored Pompadour Cotinga

Pompadour Cotinga

Red is the most vibrant color among all colors, and that doesn’t remain unnoticeable. Can you imagine a bird that has wonderful red wine-colored plumage? We are going to let you meet this marvelous Pompadour Cotinga.

The Pompadour Cotinga is scientifically named the Xipholena Punicea. This bird species is wide-ranging across the Amazon Basin and includes Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, and Guianas. It belongs to the family Cotingidae. 

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The Pompadour Cotinga are frugivores but occasionally consume insects also. Males of Pompadour Cotinga have deep red heads and bodies with bright white wings and yellow eyes. As usual with other bird species, female birds of Pompadour Cotinga are dull in color. They have pale gray heads and bodies. 

Pompadour Cotinga

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However, the nesting habits of these birds are not widely documented yet the females are the ones who raise their young ones alone. If you want to know more about this splendidly colored birdy, you have to wait till the end of the article. So, let’s grab more information about the Pompadour Cotinga.

Males of Pompadour Cotinga are colored brightly.

Male birds of this species have bright red plumage, yellow eyes, and stark white primary coverts with slight black tips on them. Their heads and bodies collectively resemble the color of red wine. 

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Meet the female birds of Pompadour Cotinga.

Females of Pompadour Cotinga have pale gray color on their bodies. 

Pompadour Cotinga females

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Know the habitat of Pompadour Cotinga.

The Pompadour Cotingas inhabits the canopy layer of rainforests across South America, including the regions of Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, and the Guianas. Generally, they occupy areas of thick vegetation and white, sandy soil that has been darkened by the decomposition of vegetative material.

Mainly the Pompadour Cotingas are frugivores, but they occasionally feed on the insects for extra energy, mostly during their breeding season.

Pompadour Cotinga

Pompadour Cotingas use frequent PURP noise to communicate with one another. 

Because of the limited observations of the behavior of the Pompadour Cotinga, their breeding behavior is unknown. 

According to most of the documents about the Pompadour Cotingas, they have complex mating rituals although their breeding season is unknown. 

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Males of Pompadour Cotinga have a noiseless courtship display, though while perching, there is a slight noise of the movement of their wings.

As per the mating purpose, males flock in small groups in the areas where females have been spotted building nests. After that males participate in ‘ritualized chasing’ to make the females realize how dominant they are among other males. 

Pompadour Cotinga

They form a short-lived relationship which is abandoned when nesting begins.

There is no doubt that female birds are like single mothers, they take care of their offspring alone.

There has been only a single egg noticed per nest. Female Cotingas are very attentive to the single egg and leave that only when foraging for food. They protect their chick by shielding them against the sun. 

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The mother bird of the chick not only fed it berries but shockingly saw eating the feces of the young chick.

Pompadour Cotinga female with nests

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Undoubtedly males of Pompadour Cotinga are splendidly beautiful, but we can’t deny the fact that mother Cotingas are devoted to their young ones and can be considered superb, right?

Hope you find this article interesting. Share this red wine-colored birdy with your loved ones to see and drop your thoughts below about the males and females of Pompadour Cotinga.

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