Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Olivaceous Piha (Snowornis cryptolophus)


French: Cotinga olivâtre German: Schwarzscheitelkotinga Spanish: Guardabosques oliváceo

Lathria cryptolopha

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1877,

Monji, Ecuador


Race mindoensis at least moderately distinctive, differing in its white vs brown concealed central crown feathers (3), and apparently smaller size and possibly whiter throat, but larger sample needed; vocalizations of both taxa apparently unknown. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. c. mindoensis (Hellmayr & Seilern, 1914) – W Andes of Colombia (S from Antioquia) and NW Ecuador (Pichincha).
  • S. c. cryptolophus (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1877) – E Andes of Colombia (S from head of Magdalena Valley) and Ecuador, and E & C Andean slopes of Peru (S to Huánuco).
  • Descriptive notes

    23·5–25 cm; two males 83g and 85 g. Has semi-concealed black feathers on crown; otherwise olive-green above, greyer on wings; underparts olive-green, paler on... read more


    No information.


    Montane forest at 570–2300 m; 1000–1800 m in Ecuador.

    Food and feeding

    Fruits and insects, taken in short flight sally. Occasionally accompanies mixed-species foraging flocks.


    No information.


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally scarce to uncommon, and apparently local. Widespread destruction of forest at subtropical levels has certainly led to fragmentation and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. (2020). Olivaceous Piha (Snowornis cryptolophus). 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).