The Pompadour Cotinga – Concealed Incubators…

Pompadour Cotinga (Xipholena punicea) ©© Miami_Metrozoo male

Pompadour Cotinga (Xipholena punicea) ©© Miami_Metrozoo male

The Pompadour Cotinga – Concealed incubators… ~ by a j mithra

The Pompadour Cotingas are South American birds from the Cotingidae family. They are found in Brazil, Columbia, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.

They reside in elevations to 1300 m which occur throughout Amazonia. The primary range extends from Columbia eastward to French Guiana and south to north-west Brazil. It is found in the canopy of humid forest and seems to be more numerous in areas of sandy soil forest.


Pompadour Cotinga (Xipholena punicea) ©©beautifulcataya Flickr

Pompadour Cotinga (Xipholena punicea) ©©beautifulcataya Flickr

Sand is used most often as a symbol of countless multitudes; especially of the children of Israel and of God’s thoughts on us and also of the wisdom and understanding that God gave King Solomon..

  • Is that the reason why these beautiful birds are more numerous in areas of sandy soil forest?
  • They know that Their creator is so mindful of them…

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. (Psalm 139:17, 18)

During breeding season males gather to perform a ritualized flight display to attract a female. Two or three males will chase each other around a group of tree tops, keeping above the trees so that their white wings flashing against the dark foliage are visible for a great distance. The males are relatively easy to see even at a distance with their white wings flashing as they fly from tree to tree. Females sometimes join mixed canopy flocks but males appear to be more solitary…


Pompadour Cotinga (Xipholena punicea) female by AGrosset

Pompadour Cotinga (Xipholena punicea) female by AGrosset

It is not uncommon for the clutch to contain a single egg. The eggs are a greenish gray with drab spotting. Frail open nests of curly wood tendrils completely conceal the female while she incubates. Little is known about their breeding habits because it occurs high up in the forest canopy.

  • God closed the door of the Ark and concealed Noah his family and the wildlife as well..
  • God’s plan in our lives are planned high above in the heavens where no one can see..
  • His ways are not our ways and our ways are not His..

Please read through Isaiah 39 and you will learn how King Hezekiah brought curse over his family when he showed off all his treasure to the envoys of Babylon so as to win favour from them..

  • Do not show off God’s blessings over your life to the others to win favour but just conceal yourself like these birds..
  • God has concealed us in His palm so wait until He shows us off to the world..

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: (I Peter 5:6)

The bride, the Church, needs to completely conceal itself while it incubates God’s will…

But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly. (Mathew 6:6)

A considerable number of these birds are remarkable for the extraordinarily abnormal form of some of their wing-quills, and occasionally of their wing-coverts – a feature in the former case observable also among the Pipridae, and, where existing, generally confined to the male bird.


Pompadour Cotinga (Xipholena punicea) ©©holyknight33 Flickr

Pompadour Cotinga (Xipholena punicea) ©©holyknight33 Flickr

Many of them also are brilliantly coloured, and at least one, today known as the Pompadour Cotinga (Xipholena punicea) but known as the Pompadour Chatterer in the 19th Century (and had a latin name of Xipholena pompadora at that time) was given its 19th Century name by Edwards (Gleanings, ii. p. 275, pl. 341) after the celebrated Madame de Pompadour, to whom these birds and other birds were sent, when the ship that bore them from Cayenne fell a prize to a British cruiser.

The Pompadour Cotinga is of a hue scarcely to be seen in any other bird. The coloration of the Cotingas is from true pigmentation, not the more common prismatic feather structure. The males are a glistening wine red color with white flight feathers narrowly tipped in black. The elongated and stiff greater wing coverts are wine red with white shafts partly covering the flight feathers. The females are mainly gray and paler below. The throat and belly are grayish white, with the wings and tail dusky. Greater wing coverts and inner flight feathers are broadly edged in white. The juveniles are like the female but with dark eyes.

With glistening wine red color with white flight feathers, reminds us of the wine soaked garment of our Lord isn’t it?

My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand. (Song of Solomon 5:10)

  • About 2000 years back He came to redeem us and was battered and bruised made it look like His garment was soaked in wine…
  • This time around He is going to come again to turn His garment into red..
  • Not with His blood though…

Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?
I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment
For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. (Isaiah 63:1-4)

Are we ready to meet the King?

Have a blessed day!

Your’s in YESHUA,
a j mithra

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