Pompadour Cotinga Xipholena punicea
Version: 2.0 — Published July 24, 2020
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Diet and Foraging
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Main Foods Taken
Primarily frugivorous, although will take insects and likely small vertebrates.
Microhabitat for Foraging
Food Capture and Consumption
Primarily forages on fruit, presumably usually by gleaning. Also sallies for insects from exposed perches in the canopy (36). A female In captivity captured (gleaned?) an anole (Anolis carolinensis) and then hit its prey against a branch before consuming it (37).
Major Food Items
There are very limited data on the types of fruit consumed, but palm fruits (including Euterpe sp.; Arecaceae), Pagamea plicata (Rubiaceae), figs (Ficus sp.; Moraceae), and Brosimum (Moraceae) have all been recorded (38, 7, 1). Also observed congregating in fruiting Caraipa (Clusiaceae) (30, 31) and Goupia (Celastraceae) (1), and it presumably consumes these fruits as well.
Drinking, Pellet-Casting, and Defecation
Very limited information, and no information on drinking and defecation. Whittaker (36) observed a male regurgitate seeds that were estimated to be 1.0 × 0.5 cm and sticky; the bird wiped its bill on a branch to remove the seeds, so that some seeds (two out of eight, over a period of 1.5 minutes) stuck to the branch.