Screaming Piha Lipaugus vociferans

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

Screaming Piha is famous for its extremely loud, whistled three-part song, which is one of the signature sounds of Amazonia. It is very common and widely distributed throughout Amazonian South America and the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. Males often gather in small leks in the forest where they sing their piercing songs and advertise for females. Though placed taxonomically within the often-colorful family Cotingidae, Screaming Pihas are medium-sized, dull gray-brown passerines that are visually unspectacular overall.


© Curtis Marantz

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

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.