Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Masked Fruiteater (Pipreola pulchra)


French: Cotinga masqué German: Gelbbrustkotinga Spanish: Frutero enmascarado

Euchlornis pulchra


, 1917,

Junín, Peru


See P. lubomirskii (above). Closest in plumage to P. jucunda, but differs in its dark green vs black head in male (3); pale orange vs bright orange breast in male (2); rather more green on flanks in male (ns[1]); yellow stripes on chin and throat in female (2); larger size (on published data#R probably 2); and somewhat different long song#R, a rising whistle, slightly longer in present species (1), reaching on average slightly higher frequencies and with frequency rise mainly towards end of note (2). Monotypic.

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E slope of Andes in Peru (S Amazonas S to C Cuzco).

Descriptive notes

18 cm; male 54–63 g, 2 females 42 g and 63g. Male has black hood tinged greenish (especially on nape), green upperparts, wings and tail; orange-yellow patch on chest... read more


High-pitched “psee-pseeee”.


Montane forest; 1500–2250 m.

Food and feeding

Apparently only fruit; no details.


No information.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Ecuador-Peru East Andes EBA. Poorly known. Considered rare to uncommon; as with its congeners, however, it is... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Masked Fruiteater (Pipreola pulchra). 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 23 January 2020).