Screaming Piha Lipaugus vociferans

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


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Screaming Piha
eBird range map for Screaming Piha

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

The Screaming Piha is resident throughout the humid lowlands of northern and central South America east of the Andes, with highly disjunct populations in eastern Brazil. The distribution extends from eastern ColombiaDistribution in Peru of Screaming Piha. Solid circles: specimen records; open circles: sight records; dotted line: 1000 m contour (Schulenberg et al. 2006) east across northern Brazil, Venezuela, and the Guianas; and south to Bolivia, central Brazil, and across Brazil to Maranhão. There also are populations in eastern Brazil, from Pernambuco south to Espírito Santo.

Screaming Piha primarily occurs in the lowlands, up to 600 m in Colombia (Hilty and Brown 1986), to 900 m in Ecuador (but most often is below 500 m; Ridgely and Greenfield 2001), to 1150 m in Peru (Schulenberg et al. 2010), to 1400 m in Bolivia (Hennessey et al. 2003), and to 1400 m in Venezuela (but most records are below 900 m; Hilty 2003).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Screaming Piha occurs in lowland evergreen forest, where in primarily occupies the midstory. It is most widespread in terra firme, although at least locally it also occurs in flooded forests (igapó and várzea; Kirwan and Green 2011).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

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.