Purple-throated Fruit Crow

(Querula purpurata)

FUN FACT

When courting the male puffs out his iridescent throat patch so that it is projected laterally beyond the sides of the neck, much like a hummingbird’s gorget.

Purple-throated Fruitcrow is the only member of its family (Cotingidae) that nests cooperatively; its nests are very actively defended by the entire social group, which mobs even large bodied species such as toucans, jays, and even large hawks.

 

Distribution

Caribbean side of extreme S Nicaragua, Costa Rica and W Panama and, E from Canal Zone, on both sides S to N & W Colombia and NW Ecuador; also Amazonia from E Colombia, S & E Venezuela and the Guianas S to SE Peru, central Brazil and N Bolivia.

Habitat

Humid forest and mature secondary woodland; mostly below 700 m.

Diet

Adult Purple-throated Fruitcrows predominately consume fruit, although they also take large insects; nestlings primarily are provisioned with insects.

Breeding

Lives in small groups of 3–8 individuals, which cooperate to attend and defend a single nest. Nest is a very loose cup of twigs, lined with finer terminal twigs, and placed 11–23 m up in the fork of a tree. A single egg is incubated for 25 days; after hatching, the nestling is fed cooperatively by several of group-members mostly with insects and later in development some fruits; fledging occurs at 32–33 days.

Status

Not Under Threat (Least Concern)

At the Aviary

You can see Purple-throated Fruitcrows in our Tropical Rainforest habitat