Purple-throated Fruitcrows

Purple-throated Fruitcrow

The Purple-throated Fruitcrow (Querula purpurata) is found in northern South America, specifically Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. They also occur in southern Central America in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

Its range stretches from the Guianas and Maranhão state, northeastern Brazil in the east, and throughout the Amazon Basin to the Andes foothills in the west. It is only absent in the Amazon Basin in the northeast and north central bordering the Guiana Highlands and southern Venezuela. Otherwise the range is contiguous east of the Andes.



The Purple-throated Fruitcrow is a medium-sized, glossy-black cotinga, with a short wide pointed greyish bill, black eyes and grey legs.

Males have a large purple-red upper throat patch, , extending to the side of the neck.


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