Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater (Pipreola frontalis)


French: Cotinga chevalier German: Scharlachbrustkotinga Spanish: Frutero pechirrojo sureño

Euchlornis frontalis

P. L. Sclater

, 1859,

Samaipata, Santa Cruz, Bolivia


Hitherto considered conspecific with P. squamipectus (which see); these two sister to P. chlorolepidota. Monotypic.


E slope from C Peru (S from Cordillera Azul and Cerros del Sira) S to C Bolivia (W Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

15·5–16·5 cm; three males 42·5–44·3 g, one female 38 g. Male has green head, face darker bluish green, green upperparts, wings and... read more


Song a rising, high-pitched, thin, somewhat stuttering trill that descends over its final part,... read more


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

Food and feeding

Apparently only fruit; no details. Joins mixed-species flocks. Usually found in pairs or alone, like others of genus.


Nothing known.


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. Recorded... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater (Pipreola frontalis). 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 25 February 2020).