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[koh-ting-guh, kuh-] /koʊˈtɪŋ gə, kə-/
any of several songbirds constituting the family Cotingidae of chiefly tropical New World regions.
Also called bellbird.
Origin of cotinga
1775-85; < New Latin < French < Tupi Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This cotinga is a solitary bird, and utters only a monotonous whistle, which sounds like quet.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • It is another species of the cotinga—the well-known campanero, or bell-bird.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • It embraces as sub-genera the cotinga proper, the Caterpillar-eaters, and the Chatterers.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
British Dictionary definitions for cotinga


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 called chatterer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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