Handsome Fruiteater Pipreola formosa

  • © Lars Petersson

The Handsome Fruiteater is endemic to the coastal and interior cordilleras of northern Venezuela, where it inhabits the lower and mid levels of mist-laden cloud forests in the upper tropical and subtropical zones. The species is usually found alone or in pairs, and the species regularly joins mixed-species canopy flocks, for instance of tanagers and warblers, but probably only for the period that the foraging birds move through the fruiteater’s territory. The beautiful male can be difficult to see when perched in the dense foliage, but its black hood immediately excludes the possibility with confusion with the sympatric Golden-breasted Fruiteater (Pipreola aureopectus), and the splash of orange across the breast readily separates the Handsome from the Green-and-black Fruiteater (Pipreola riefferii). The female’s barred underparts and yellow breast patch are diagnostic, whilst the particularly bold white tertial spots in both sexes offer another useful feature.

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

Recommended Citation

Handsome Fruiteater (Pipreola formosa), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: