Purple-throated Fruit Crow

(Querula purpurata)


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.



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.


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


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


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.


Not Under Threat (Least Concern)

At the Aviary

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