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Plum-throated Cotinga

Cotinga maynana

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Bright blue cotinga of lowland rainforest. Males are pure sky blue, with a purple throat and light eye; females are buffy tan with faint scalloping. Perches in the forest canopy, and it can sometimes be easier to find them when you have a clear view of the canopy, like from a canopy tower, around the edges of a forest clearing, or from a bluff overlooking the canopy. Males are distinguished from the similar Spangled Cotinga by deeper blue plumages, lack of fine dark head streaking, and light yellow eye; females warmer brown than female Spangled Cotinga, which are a colder gray, and often have a pale eye like the male.

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