Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)


Peruvian Plantcutter (Phytotoma raimondii)


French: Rara du Pérou German: Graubrust-Pflanzenmäher Spanish: Cortarramas peruano

Phytotoma raimondii


, 1883,

Tumbes, Peru


Sister to P. rutila, the two together being sister to P. rara#R. Monotypic.


Coastal NW Peru (Tumbes very locally S to Ancash).

Descriptive notes

18·5 cm; 36–44 g. Distinctive, with short but expressive crest, pale eyes, short, conical bill with finely serrated edges. Male has cinnamon-rufous spot above... read more


Call “errrrrrr”, repeated several times, with notes shortening and falling in pitch,... read more


Sparse desert scrub and mostly barren coastal dunes, with large bushes openly dispersed, from sea-... read more

Food and feeding

Herbivore; feeds on buds, shoots and leaves of Prosopis and other trees and shrubs, also some fruit. Forages in pairs or small... read more


Specimens of two males with active gonads and of laying female in Mar, male with slightly enlarged testes in Apr, and three specimens with... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA. Range very small and severely fragmented, with records from only eight locations since late 1990s, and... read more

Recommended citation

Walther, B., Garcia, E.F.J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Peruvian Plantcutter (Phytotoma raimondii). 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 24 January 2020).