Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Near Threatened

Cinnamon-vented Piha (Lipaugus lanioides)


French: Piauhau à tête grise German: Graukopfkotinga Spanish: Guardabosques lanioide

Turdampelis lanioides


, 1844,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil




SE Brazil from SE Bahia, NE & C Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo S to NE Santa Catarina.

Descriptive notes

27–28 cm; 85–110 g. Plumage is mostly grey, crown weakly scaled, upperparts with brownish wash, brownest on wings and tail; primaries slightly, but uniquely,... read more


Generally silent; loud whistle of several notes, a typical sequence “skeeo-skeeo, skeeo-skeeo... read more


Humid forest in mountainous country, from foothills to 1400 m, mainly 500–1000 m. Occurs at... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruits, also large insects. In observations at Intervales (São Paulo), diet estimated to be c. 86% fruits and 14% insects;... read more


Laying recorded in Dec–Feb; nesting season probably Sept–Mar. Nest (three found) an extremely small, thin platform of twigs,... read more


Possibly some altitudinal movements in S of range, where recorded near sea-level.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, and previously, Vulnerable. Rare; population small and fragmented. Now thought to occupy about a tenth of... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Cinnamon-vented Piha (Lipaugus lanioides). 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 January 2020).