Family Trumpeters (Psophiidae)

Least Concern

Ochre-winged Trumpeter (Psophia ochroptera)


French: Agami à ailes jaunes German: Ockerflügel-Trompetervogel Spanish: Trompetero aliocre

Psophia ochroptera


, 1857,

Barra do Rio Negro, Brazil


Closely related to all other congeners. Sometimes treated as conspecific with P. crepitans, but differs in its all-ochre vs grey “hindwing patch” (3); black on area of mid-back where crepitans has an ochre band (3); no green iridescence on lower throat (1); outer wing-coverts tipped iridescent purple (1); and apparent sympatric occurrence (no recorded interbreeding with subspecies napensis). Usually (as in HBW) treated as conspecific with P. leucoptera, but differs in its ochre vs white hindwing patch (3); different-shaped hindwing patch (covering all the secondaries, rather than cut off diagonally across the secondaries) (2); and far weaker purplish-blue on outer wing-coverts, based on small sample of museum specimens (2). A recent molecular study places P. ochroptera in a “north-of-Amazon” clade with P. crepitans and well differentiated from P. leucoptera#R. Monotypic.

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NW Brazil (N of R Amazon/Solimões and W of R Negro).

Descriptive notes

45–52 cm. Sturdy, upright, largely terrestrial species. Plumage predominantly black, with ochre secondaries and lower mantle (forming large ochre patch on hindquarters when... read more


Song a series of low, vibrating notes, each c. 1·5 seconds long. Others of the species may join in... read more


Mature dense tropical moist forest, generally from human settlement. Lowlands.

Food and feeding

Diet mostly of ripe fruit, picked up from forest floor. Forages in groups.


Very few data. Season probably Sept–Apr. Co-operative breeder in polyandrous groups. Nest in hollow in tree trunk, generally high up; no... read more


Sedentary. Groups defend year-round territories with stable boundaries.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species, endemic to the Jaú Area of Endemism of N Amazonian Brazil. Total range comprises 172,000 km², a significant... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Christie, D.A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Ochre-winged Trumpeter (Psophia ochroptera). 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 18 January 2019).