Green-and-black Fruiteater Pipreola riefferii


The Green-and-black Fruiteater is a striking, common cotinga of the northern Andes.  Found from Venezuela south to central Peru, the species inhabits a variety of montane forest types between 1500 and 2700 meters in elevation.  Males are olive-green above with a black crown, face, and throat, red bill, and yellow underparts with green feather centers; females are similar to the males but have green heads.  The male's song is a thin, metallic, high-pitched, rapid series of ti notes.  Four subspecies differ from each other mainly in size and the extent of green streaking in the underparts.

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Song (Green-and-black)

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Green-and-black Fruiteater (Pipreola riefferii), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: