Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Scaled Fruiteater (Ampelioides tschudii)


French: Cotinga écaillé German: Schuppenkotinga Spanish: Frutero escamoso

C[otinga]. Tschudii

G. R. Gray

, 1846,

Pangos, east of Tarma, Junín, Peru




Sierra de Perijá (on Colombia–Venezuela border), and locally in Andes from Venezuela (SE Táchira; sight record in SE Lara) and N Colombia (Antioquia) S to NW Bolivia (La Paz, W Beni); also coastal ranges of Ecuador in W Esmeraldas and Guayas (Loma Alta); also, locally, E of Andes in Colombia (Sierra de Macarena) and Peru (Cordillera Azul).

Descriptive notes

19–20 cm; male 74–95 g, female 71·5–80 g. Distinctive cotingid, with bill broad at base, upper mandible somewhat swollen laterally, tarsus without... read more


Territorial song a series of rather loud, downward-inflected whistles, initially rising, somewhat... read more


Humid montane forest; mostly at 900–2700 m; 575–750 m in W Ecuador (Loma Alta).

Food and feeding

Mainly fruit and insects; arboreal snails (Plekokeilas) also eaten, apparently regularly in an area in Ecuador. Fruits in stomach... read more


Male feeding immature in mid-Nov in Bolivia. No other information.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally rare or uncommon; rather few records from Venezuela; locally more numerous in Ecuador. Although more active than ... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Scaled Fruiteater (Ampelioides tschudii). 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).