Screaming Piha Lipaugus vociferans

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Cotingidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Ian Suzuki, Natsumi Fearnside, Wendy Tori, and Jose I. Pareja



There is little information on the behavior of pihas away from leks. Sometimes pihas are observed at fruiting trees, where fruit is taken with a sally.


Within leks, males have fairly large territories that they maintain through daily calling and movement. Snow (1961) observed a territory of 35 x 75 m.

The population density at one site in southeastern Peru was estimated as 20 individuals/100 ha (Terborgh et al. 1990); Thiollay (1994) estimated a similar density, 22 individuals/100 ha, at a site in French Guiana.

Sexual Behavior

Males gather to form leks and call to attract females. Leks typically consist of (4-10) males, but up to 30 individuals per lek have been found (Snow 1982). Screaming Pihas have not been observed to display visually.

Social and interspecific behavior

Away from leks, Screaming Pihas usually are solitary.

Recommended Citation

Suzuki, I., N. Fearnside, W. Tori, and J. I. Pareja (2012). Screaming Piha (Lipaugus vociferans), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.