Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Orange-breasted Fruiteater (Pipreola jucunda)


French: Cotinga jucunda German: Orangebrustkotinga Spanish: Frutero pechinaranja

Pipreola jucunda

P. L. Sclater

, 1860,

Cachillacta, Pichincha, Ecuador


See P. lubomirskii (which see). Overlaps with P. aureopectus in SW Colombia (Nariño), without intergradation. See below for differences from morphologically close P. pulchra. Monotypic.


W slope of W Andes in Colombia (S from S Chocó) and Ecuador (S to E Guayas).

Descriptive notes

18 cm. Male has glossy black hood, green upperparts, wings and tail; large fiery orange patch on chest extending narrowly to side of neck, bordered below by narrow black line... read more


Extremely high-pitched, hissing “se-e-e-e-e-e-e-e”, lasting 2–2·5 seconds... read more


Occupies montane forest at 600–2300 m, mainly 1100–1300 m; favours very wet mossy... read more

Food and feeding

Apparently only fruit, taken while perched or in clumsy hover. Occasionally in mixed-species flocks.


In Ecuador, a recently abandoned nest contained a dead chick in Nov; nest cup-shaped, placed in a tree (Palicourea) at 4∙5 m above... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly common; most frequent in optimal habitat of mossy cloudforest in... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & de Juana, E. (2020). Orange-breasted Fruiteater (Pipreola jucunda). 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 29 February 2020).