|Pompadour Cotinga (Xipholena punicea)|
|INPA Tower north of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
The Pompadour Cotinga is distributed in central Amazonia and the Guianas. It is found in the canopy of humid forest and seems to be more numerous in areas of sandy soil forest.
|The male, seen in photo 1, is a deep claret-purple colour, darker on the head. The wings are mainly white and the purple scapulars extend over the white wings to form a deep fringe. The iris is pale yellow. The female, seen in photo 2, is a fairly uniform grey with white edging to the wing feathers.
The males are relatively easy to see even at a distance with their white wings flashing as they fly from tree to tree. Females sometimes join mixed canopy flocks but males appear to be more solitary.