Rufous Piha Lipaugus unirufus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cotingidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Jamie-Ann E. Haynes

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The vocalizations of Rufous Piha are very loud, and often are described as "explosive". Calls are made at long and unpredictable intervals, and sometimes are given in response to a sudden loud noise. Descriptions of the calls include "a shrill, assertive peeer or wheeeooo; a longer whee-er-wet or wheeoweet; a softer where-weet or pee-ha; [and] a heavy, metallic, rolling chrrrg, often in series" (Stiles and Skutch 1989). Females and nestlings may utter similar but weaker whistles (Skutch 1969).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Additional audio recordings of Rufous Piha can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Haynes, J. E. (2012). Rufous Piha (Lipaugus unirufus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.