Screaming Piha Lipaugus vociferans

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


Geographic Variation

Monotypic. Generally, southern populations in Amazonia (in Peru and Bolivia) are larger than populations farther north and east, but most authorities do not recognize on this basis (Kirwan and Green 2011).

Related Species

Screaming Piha has a complicated nomenclatural history. This species first was described by Vieillot in 1817 as Ampelis cinerea, but this name is preoccupied by Ampelis cinerea Latham 1790 (a synonym of Xipholena punicea, Pompadour Cotinga). For many years (e.g. Hellmayr 1929), this species was known as Lipaugus cineraceus, based on Vieillot 1822, but Gyldenstolpe (1951) pointed out that the oldest available name is Muscicapa vociferans Wied 1820. The genus Lipaugus was erected by Boie 1828; vociferans is the type species of Lipaugus (Hellmayr 1929, Snow 1979).

The genus Lipaugus contains seven species, but relationships within Lipaugus have not been determined. Lipaugus vociferans often is considered to be closely related to Lipaugus unirufus (Rufous Piha; e.g. Snow 1979).

Within Cotingidae, a phylogenetic analysis of DNA sequence data (from both nuclear and mitochondrial genes) indicated that Lipaugus is part of a core cotinga clade with four monophyletic groups whose relationships are not resolved (Ohlson et al. 2007). There is, however, strong support for a clade that groups Lipaugus fuscocinereus (Dusky Piha), Lipaugus unirufus and Tijuca atra (Black-and-gold Cotinga). These were only two species of Lipaugus included in this survey; the two Lipaugus did not form a distinct clade, but instead all three species grouped together in an unresolved polytomy.

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.