Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Golden-breasted Fruiteater (Pipreola aureopectus)


French: Cotinga à poitrine d’or German: Goldbrustkotinga Spanish: Frutero pechidorado

Ampelis aureo-pectus


, 1843,

“Bogotá”, Colombia


See P. lubomirskii (above). Overlaps with P. jucunda in SW Colombia (Nariño), without intergradation. Populations in S part of W Andes included in nominate, but may represent a separate, undescribed race. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. a. decora Bangs, 1899 – Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.
  • P. a. aureopectus (Lafresnaye, 1843) – Andes of N & W Colombia and Venezuela (E to Lara), and Sierra de Perijá (on Colombia–Venezuela border).
  • P. a. festiva (Todd, 1912) – Coastal Range in N Venezuela (Carabobo E to Aragua).
  • Descriptive notes

    16·5–17·5 cm; one male 46g, two females 46 g and 60 g. Male nominate race has dusky area on lores and chin, otherwise green above, tertials with small... read more


    Main call a high, sibilant phrase up to 3 seconds long, rising and then slowly descending, before... read more


    Humid montane and premontane forest; 800–3100 m.

    Food and feeding

    Apparently only fruit. Often seen with mixed-species flocks.


    Eighteen birds from N Colombia in breeding condition in Jan–Jun, and one in Sept. No other information.


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common but somewhat local across N part of range; apparently rare and decidedly local in Colombian Andes. Occurs in Henri Pittier National... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. (2020). Golden-breasted Fruiteater (Pipreola aureopectus). 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 February 2020).