Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)


Black-headed Berryeater (Carpornis melanocephala)


French: Cotinga à tête noire German: Olivmantel-Beerenfresser Spanish: Cotinga cabecinegro

Procnias melanocephalus


, 1820,

Quartel das Barreiras, road from River Itapemirim to River Itabapoana, south Espírito Santo, Brazil




E Brazil locally in Alagoas (Murici) and from Bahia S along coast to NE Paraná.

Descriptive notes

20·5–21 cm; two males 62·7g and 66 g, 1 female 64 g. Male has black hood down to hindneck and lower throat, very thin yellow hindcollar; rather dull olive... read more


Male territorial call a loud, whistled “tuhweéo”.


Humid forest; occurs up to 500 m, and locally up to c. 700 m, but mostly found below 300m. At one... read more

Food and feeding

Predominantly fruits; a single record of a 7-cm stick-insect (Phasmida) being consumed. Fruits on average of larger size than those taken... read more


No information. Vocal activity and gonad and moult condition of specimens indicate breeding probably in austral summer; moult data suggest... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Rare to locally uncommon throughout its range. Dependent on lowland forest, which has been extensively destroyed; total population probably low and clearly... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D., de Juana, E. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Black-headed Berryeater (Carpornis melanocephala). 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 23 January 2020).