Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Band-tailed Fruiteater (Pipreola intermedia)


French: Cotinga à queue rayée German: Schmuckbauchkotinga Spanish: Frutero colifajado

Pipreola viridis intermedia


, 1884,

Maraynioc, central Peru


Sister to P. riefferii#R, and has been treated as conspecific; however, in addition to differences in plumage (especially tail colour), the two overlap in range in C Peru and in some areas occur together, although they differ in altitudinal range. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. i. intermedia Taczanowski, 1884 – E slope of Peruvian Andes from E La Libertad and San Martín S to Junín.
  • P. i. signata (Hellmayr, 1917) – E slope of Andes in SE Peru (Cuzco, Puno) and W Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba).
  • Descriptive notes

    19 cm; male 44–59 g, female 44–51 g. Male nominate race has blackish hood down to chest, obscure thin yellow collar (except on nape); green above, white tips of... read more


    Very high-pitched trill, e.g. “tsi-tsi-tsi-tsiiiii”, 4–5 seconds long, similar to... read more


    Montane forest and forest borders; 2300–3100 m in Peru, 1100–2800 m in Bolivia.

    Food and feeding

    Apparently only fruit.


    No information.


    None recorded; individual recorded at lower elevation (1100 m) in Bolivia may indicate seasonal... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common, but poorly known. Occurs in Madidi National Park, in Bolivia; in Peru, present in Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary (Cuzco) and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. (2020). Band-tailed Fruiteater (Pipreola intermedia). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 February 2020).