Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Near Threatened

Fiery-throated Fruiteater (Pipreola chlorolepidota)


French: Cotinga à gorge rouge German: Orangekehlkotinga Spanish: Frutero gorjirrojo

Pipreola chlorolepidota


, 1838,

vicinity of Moyobamba, San Martín, Peru


Sister to P. frontalis (with squamipectus). Monotypic.


E slope of Andes from S Colombia (SE Cauca, W Caquetá) S to C & SE Peru (S to Pasco, also isolated records to extreme E Puno).

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; one male 28 g, one female 31 g. The smallest fruiteater. Male has green head, often some dusky on face, green upperparts, wings and tail, small white tips on... read more


Very short, high-pitched “tsi”.


Humid forest of Andean foothills; 600–1500 m, in small numbers down to 300 m.

Food and feeding

Little known. Recorded at fruit trees; probably wholly or predominantly frugivorous, like congeners. Follows mixed-species flocks.


No information.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Poorly known. Rare in most of range, locally uncommon at a few sites; recorded in ten places in Colombia (sight... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Fiery-throated Fruiteater (Pipreola chlorolepidota). 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).