High rates of deforestation in this species's small range are causing severe habitat fragmentation and presumably rapid population declines. It consequently qualifies as Vulnerable.
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17.5 cm. Beautiful, bright blue cotinga. Male bright turquoise-blue, with deep violet chin, throat, upper breast and centre of belly. Mostly black wings and tail, with broad blue edges to wing-coverts and margins to flight feathers. Some dark mottling on mantle. Female dusky above, spotted white on crown and hindneck. Buffy underparts, finely spotted black on throat and conspicuously on breast. Voice Mostly silent, males produce wing slurrings and females raucous shrieks.
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Angehr, G. R.; Jordan, O. 1998. Report on the Panama Important Bird Areas program. Panama Audubon Society/BirdLife International, Ancon, Panamá.
Costa Rica Gateway. 1998. Rancho's bird list.
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Text account compilers
Isherwood, I., Mahood, S., Pople, R., Sharpe, C J, Stuart, T.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.
BirdLife International (2013) Species factsheet: Cotinga ridgwayi. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/05/2013. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2013) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/05/2013.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Vulnerable|
|Species name author||Ridgway, 1887|
|Population size||1500-7000 mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||8,400 km2|
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