Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Scaly-breasted Fruiteater (Pipreola squamipectus)


French: Cotinga de Chapman German: Gelbkinnkotinga Spanish: Frutero pechirrojo norteño

Euchlornis frontalis squamipectus


, 1925,

Zamora, eastern Ecuador


Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. frontalis, but long speculated to be specifically distinct, differing in its more restricted red on upper (none on lower) breast in male (2); flanks more heavily green in male (ns[1]); strongly scaly vs streaky-scaly underparts in female (2); no orange-yellow chin and upper throat, sometimes also forehead, in female (3); deeper, glossier green crown and head sides with slight bluish tinge in male (ns[1]); rather more obvious white tips of secondaries (ns[1]); shorter tail (effect size −2.5, score 2); and seemingly very different songs, this based, however, on insufficiently documented recordings (score likely to be high once evidence clarified). Monotypic.


E slope of Andes from N Ecuador (Napo) S to N Peru (S to San Martín).

Descriptive notes

15·5–16·5 cm; male 38·5–45·8 g, female 39·5–47 g. Adult differs from formerly conspecific P. frontalis in wider bill, while male has darker head and less red on... read more


Presumed song a short rising “tsweeet”, and also gives a very high-pitched, short “pseet”, with... read more


Midstorey and subcanopy of foothill, premontane and montane forests, more rarely at borders, from c... read more

Food and feeding

Apparently only fruit; no details. Joins mixed-species flocks, especially those containing tanagers (Thraupidae). Usually found in pairs or... read more


One nest found in E Ecuador in Jan was a bowl-shaped structure c. 18 cm in diameter, made externally of moss and lichen, c. 15 m up astride... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Poorly known. Considered uncommon to locally fairly common, but inconspicuous behaviour possibly obscures its true status. Occurs in... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Scaly-breasted Fruiteater (Pipreola squamipectus). 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).