Orange-breasted Fruiteater Pipreola jucunda


The Orange-breasted Fruiteater is a particularly stunning member of the genus Pipreola found on the western slope of the Andes Mountains in northern Ecuador and southern Colombia. It is uncommon to fairly common in foothill and cloud forest, where individuals are generally discovered when a rapid movement gives away their location, often at a fruiting tree where one or more individuals may be feeding. The call is high, thin, and easily-overlooked. Like other fruiteaters, the Orange-breasted is sexually dimorphic. In the male, a brilliant orange throat and bright yellow belly contrast with dark green upperparts and a black head. The female is more uniform green with some yellow streaking below. Both sexes share a bright red bill, yellow eyes, and the stocky, plump structure typical of fruiteaters and other cotingas.


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Recommended Citation

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