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Books about Cotinga

This page lists books that are totally or partially about Cotinga. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.


There are over 60 species in the family Cotingidae. All are found in Central and South America. These include Plantcutters, Berryeaters, Fruiteaters, Pihas, Fruitcrows, Bellbirds, Cock-of-the-rocks, and, of course, Cotingas.


Cotingas and Manakins

Guy Kirwan and Graeme Green

Illustrations: Eustace Barnes

Helm Identification Guides

Christopher Helm


"This book looks in detail at two families of South American birds, the cotingas and manakins, perhaps the most colourful of all neotropical bird groups, and widely regarded as the South American equivalent of New Guinea's Birds of Paradise. The book is a synthesis of the very latest research into the identification, taxonomy and behaviour of each of the 160 species, along with detailed colour maps, several hundred previously unpublished colour photographs, and Eustace Barnes's stunning colour plates."

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Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 9: Cotingas to Pipits and Wagtails

Edited by Josep Del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott and David Christie

Lynx Edicions


850 pages, 78 colour plates, colour photos, distribution maps.

This volume covers cotingas, manakins, tyrant-flycatchers, New Zealand wrens, scrub-birds, lyrebirds, larks, swallows, pipits and wagtails.

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The Cotingas

David Snow

Colour plates: Martin Woodcock

Oxford University Press / Cornell University Press


Introductory chapter on the history, taxony and behavoir of the family followed by species descriptions. The description are supported by distribution maps and colour plates.

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Catalogue Of The Passeriformes or Perching Birds In The Collection Of The British Museum

Oligomyodae, or the Families Tyrannidae, Oxyrhamphidae, Pipridae, Cotingidae, Phytotomidae, Philepittidae, Pittidae, Xenicidae, and Eurylaemidae

Catalogue Of The Birds In The British Museum, Volume XIV

Philip Lutley Sclater

26 colour plates: J. Smit

Printed By Order Of The Trustees

Printed by Taylor & Francis


From the introduction:

"My ornithological studies having been principally devoted to South-American Birds, I had little hesitation in acceding to Dr. Gunther's request that I should prepare the Catalogue of the Mesomyodian Passeres in the Collection of the British Museum. Of the thirteen families that belong to this section of the Passerine group, nine are exclusively Neotropical, and these nine families embrace by far the greatest number of specific forms, the four Mesomyodian families as yet recognized in the Old World being comparatively insignificant in point of numbers. My subject was, therefore, sufficiently familiar to me. At the same time some of the groups to be treated of - I may point especially to the Tyrannidae - are universally allowed to be amongst the most difficult portions of the class of Birds for satisfactory determination. I felt, therefore, that in the short time that could necessarily be allowed me for the completion of my task I had no easy duty to perform."
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Last updated October 2011