Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)


Black-capped Piprites (Piprites pileata)


French: Piprite chaperonné German: Zimtpipritestyrann Spanish: Piprites capirotado

Pipra pileata


, 1822,

Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil




SE Brazil (S Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro S to N Rio Grande do Sul) and extreme NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

12–12·5 cm; 1 male 15 g. Highly distinctive, with conspicuous whitish on primaries. Male has black crown to nape, contrasting chestnut upperparts; remiges... read more


Calls include single “whééu”, sometimes followed by a series of briefer,... read more


Montane Atlantic Forest, in S parts of range often associated with Araucaria; 900–... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly small fruits, with those of the genera Geonoma (Arecaceae), Rapanea (Myrsinaceae) and Leandra (... read more


Male specimen with greatly enlarged testes in late Sept, and display observed in Sept. No other information.


Apparently resident; some possible altitudinal movements suspected, e.g. in Itatiaia region of... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Mountains EBA. Rare and local, with very sparse distribution; seems never to have been numerous, and habitat... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Black-capped Piprites (Piprites pileata). 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 7 December 2019).