Scimitar-winged Piha Lipaugus uropygialis

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Formerly placed in its own genus, Chirocylla, the long-tailed Scimitar-winged Piha is restricted to the subtropical zone in southeastern Peru and the ‘Yungas’ (the humid, heavily forested eastern slopes of the Andes) of northwest Bolivia, where it is known from few localities and appears to occur at very low densities. In recent decades, it has become customary to place this species within Lipaugus, and many authorities consider that the Scimitar-winged Piha appears to be most closely related to the Dusky Piha (Lipaugus fuscocinereus). The sole distinguishing feature of the present species seems to be the strangely modified (scimitar-shaped) primaries. The Scimitar-winged Piha remains an extremely poorly known species, despite the increase in fieldwork throughout South America in recent decades, and its conservation status is currently rated as Vulnerable.

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Recommended Citation

Scimitar-winged Piha (Lipaugus uropygialis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: