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Lipaugus vociferans

Screaming Piha

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Tityridae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Suzuki, Ian, Natsumi Fearnside, Wendy Tori, and Jose I. Pareja

Lipaugus vociferans

Nouragues, French Guiana; 21 February 2010 © Sean McCann

Screaming Piha is famous for its extremely loud, whistled three-part song, which is one of the signature sounds of Amazonia. It is very common and widely distributed throughout Amazonian South America and the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. Males often gather in small leks in the forest where they sing their piercing songs and advertise for females. Though placed taxonomically within the often-colorful family Cotingidae, Screaming Pihas are medium-sized, dull gray-brown passerines that are visually unspectacular overall.

Recommended Citation

Suzuki, Ian, Natsumi Fearnside, Wendy Tori, and Jose I. Pareja. 2012. Screaming Piha (Lipaugus vociferans), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=484396

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Midstory
  • Foraging Behavior:Sally
  • Diet:Omnivorous
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:Polygyny
  • Nest Form:Saucer
  • Clutch: 1 - 1
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern