Definition of cotinga in English:

cotinga

Line breaks: co|tinga
Pronunciation: /kəˈtɪŋgə
 
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noun

A perching bird found in the forests of Central and South America, the male of which is frequently brilliantly coloured.
  • Family Cotingidae (the cotinga family): several genera, especially Cotinga, and numerous species. The cotinga family also includes the bellbirds, umbrellabirds, and cocks-of-the-rock, and is sometimes placed within the family Tyrannidae
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  • They say the gray-winged cotinga occupies forest at a higher elevation than the black-and-gold cotinga.
  • Using remote sensing predictions, the researchers calculate the likely range of a rare and range-restricted endemic bird of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the grey-winged cotinga.
  • Actually finding the cotinga would be a huge step toward establishing the use of computer models as viable tools for determining what areas should be protected.

Origin

via French from Tupi cutinga.

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