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cotinga

[ koh-ting-guh, kuh- ]

noun

  1. any of several songbirds constituting the family Cotingidae of chiefly tropical New World regions.


cotinga

/ kəˈtɪŋɡə /

noun

  1. 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 calledchatterer


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Word History and Origins

Origin of cotinga1

1775–85; < New Latin < French < Tupi
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Example Sentences

The pompadour cotinga is entirely purple, except his wings, which are white, their four first feathers tipped with brown.

This cotinga is a solitary bird, and utters only a monotonous whistle, which sounds like quet.

The pompadour cotinga has a purple body and white wings, their four first feathers tipped with brown.

It embraces as sub-genera the Cotinga proper, the Caterpillar-eaters, and the Chatterers.

The genus Cotinga is characterised by a short, flattened, curved, and stout bill.

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