Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Barred Fruiteater (Pipreola arcuata)


French: Cotinga barré German: Bindenkotinga Spanish: Frutero barrado

Ampelis arcuata


, 1843,

“Bogotá”, Colombia


Race viridicauda has yellow vs red irides (3) and more green in outer rectrices (at least 1), but is vocally undifferentiated#R; research needed into degree of its parapatry with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. a. arcuata (Lafresnaye, 1843) – Barred Fruiteater – Sierra de Perijá (on Colombia–Venezuela border), and Andes of W Venezuela (E to SW Lara), Colombia, Ecuador and N & C Peru (S to Pasco).
  • P. a. viridicauda Meyer de Schauensee, 1953 – Yellow-eyed Fruiteater – Andes from C Peru (S from Junín) S to Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba).
  • Descriptive notes

    22–23 cm; 112–128 g. Distinctive, large fruiteater. Male has black hood down to chest; upperparts olive-green, large yellow spots on tertials and greater wing-... read more


    Extremely high, thin, almost hissing “se-e-e-e-e-e-a-a-a-a”, descending in pitch,... read more


    Montane forest and forest borders; 1200–3350 m.

    Food and feeding

    Apparently only fruit, taken while perched. Rarely joins mixed-species flocks.


    Fledglings in Jan in Bolivia and Jul in Ecuador. No other information.


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon; much less numerous than P. riefferii, with which it overlaps extensively in range, altitudinal zone and habitat. Occurs in several... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. (2020). Barred Fruiteater (Pipreola arcuata). 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 28 February 2020).