- any of several songbirds constituting the family Cotingidae of chiefly tropical New World regions.
Origin of cotinga
1775–85; < New Latin < French < Tupi
Also called bellbird.
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Examples from the Web for cotinga
It is another species of the cotinga—the well-known campanero, or bell-bird.
It embraces as sub-genera the Cotinga proper, the Caterpillar-eaters, and the Chatterers.Reptiles and Birds
This cotinga is a solitary bird, and utters only a monotonous whistle, which sounds like quet.
- 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 billAlso called: chatterer