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[koh-ting-guh, kuh-] /koʊˈtɪŋ gə, kə-/
any of several songbirds constituting the family Cotingidae of chiefly tropical New World regions.
Also called bellbird.
Origin of cotinga
1775-85; < New Latin < French < Tupi Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is another species of the cotinga—the well-known campanero, or bell-bird.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • It embraces as sub-genera the cotinga proper, the Caterpillar-eaters, and the Chatterers.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • This cotinga is a solitary bird, and utters only a monotonous whistle, which sounds like quet.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for cotinga


any tropical American passerine bird of the family Cotingidae, such as the umbrella bird and the cock-of-the-rock, having a broad slightly hooked bill Also called chatterer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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