Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Near Threatened

Grey-tailed Piha (Snowornis subalaris)


French: Cotinga à queue grise German: Schwarzkronenkotinga Spanish: Guardabosques coligrís

Lipaugus subalaris

P. L. Sclater

, 1861,

Río Napo, Ecuador




E slopes of Andes locally in S Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru (S to Madre de Dios).

Descriptive notes

23·5 cm; 1 male 86·3 g, 2 females 81·8 g and 82 g. Male has semi-concealed black feathers on crown; otherwise olive-green above, greyer on wings, grey on... read more


Clear, ringing 2-note whistle, “churrrrrr-ee”, delivered at long intervals; less often... read more


Humid forest in Andean foothills; 500–1400 m.

Food and feeding

Insects and fruit. Insects taken from foliage in flight sallies, and by hover-gleaning; method of taking fruit not recorded. Rarely,... read more


No information.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. A very little-known species. Apparently rare to uncommon, and patchily distributed. In mid-1980s, found to be locally quite numerous in its only... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Grey-tailed Piha (Snowornis subalaris). 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).