Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Dusky Piha (Lipaugus fuscocinereus)


French: Piauhau sombre German: Graukotinga Spanish: Guardabosques oscuro

Querula fusco-cinerea


, 1843,



Genetic data#R show this species to be sister to L. uropygialis. Probably also close to L. weberi#R. Monotypic.


E, C & N end of W Andes of Colombia, and E slope in Ecuador and extreme N Peru (Cerro Chinguela).

Descriptive notes

33 cm; 120–138 g. Largest member of genus, with rather long tail. Male is grey, duskier on wings and tail; has primaries 5–7 modified, with barbs of middle part... read more


Loud “pee-a-weeee” or “pee-a-weeee-a-weeee”, last syllable slurring down... read more


Montane forest and adjacent second growth; mostly 2000–3000 m.

Food and feeding

Feeds on fruit, which is taken in brief flight sally; probably also eats insects. In E Andes of Colombia, fruits of eight plant families... read more


A nest in E Ecuador contained one egg in late Mar; nest was a flattened cup composed mostly of tightly curled, dried vine tendrils, and... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to scarce, and patchily distributed. Numbers have certainly been reduced by extensive deforestation of Andes at subtropical... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2019). Dusky Piha (Lipaugus fuscocinereus). 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 21 May 2019).