Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Red-banded Fruiteater (Pipreola whitelyi)


French: Cotinga cordon-rouge German: Brustbandkotinga Spanish: Frutero degollado

Pipreola whitelyi

Salvin and Godman

, 1884,

Cerro Roraima, Venezuela


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. w. whitelyi Salvin & Godman, 1884 – extreme SE Venezuela and adjacent Guyana (on mountains Roraima, Twek-quay and Kowa).
  • P. w. kathleenae J. T. Zimmer & Phelps, Sr, 1944 – tepuis of La Gran Sabana W of Cerro Roraima, SE Venezuela.
  • Descriptive notes

    16·5–17 cm. The most distinctive species in genus. Male nominate race has tawny-buff to rufous lowermost forehead, supercilium and cheek; rather dark greyish-... read more


    Drawn-out, very high and thin “pss-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee”, c. 2–3 seconds long, given... read more


    Montane forest; 1300–2250 m. Prefers mossy forest, also dense stunted secondary growth... read more

    Food and feeding

    Apparently only fruit; no details. Sometimes joins mixed-species flocks.


    No information.


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tepuis EBA. Considered rare to uncommon, but is easily overlooked; in Venezuela, possibly most numerous on Cerro... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. (2020). Red-banded Fruiteater (Pipreola whitelyi). 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).