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Scaled Fruiteater Ampelioides tschudii

  • © Juan José Arango

The Scaled Fruiteater is a large, plump, and handsomely-patterned cotinga of the Andes. A surreptitious, canopy-dwelling bird, it easily is overlooked until its loud, hawk-like whistle is learned. Despite its unobtrusiveness, the Scaled Fruiteater can be surprisingly active for a cotinga, and individuals or pairs regularly join mixed species flocks moving through the canopy. It occurs in tall, often rather open forest at middle elevations, and feeds on a combination of fruits and insects. Both sexes are green overall, have white throats, and are heavily patterned with black spots and scales. The male Scaled Fruiteater has a black crown, and the back is more heavily spotted with black than the female.

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© Bennett Hennessey

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

Recommended Citation

Scaled Fruiteater (Ampelioides tschudii), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: