Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)


Scimitar-winged Piha (Lipaugus uropygialis)


French: Piauhau à faucilles German: Rotbürzelkotinga Spanish: Guardabosques alicurvo

Lathria uropygialis

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1876,

Tilotilo, 8000 feet [c. 2440 m], La Paz, Bolivia


In past, placed in a monotypic genus, Chirocylla, on basis of extreme wing-feather modification; in other respects, however, similar to L. fuscocinereus, and genetic data#R confirm sister relationship of the two. Monotypic.


E slope of Andes in SE Peru (N Cuzco, E Puno) and Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

30 cm; one male 116 g, one female 135 g. Male is grey above, paler grey below, with rufous-chestnut rump, lower flanks and undertail-coverts; primaries highly modified,... read more


Uncertain; excited “wheeo, wheeo, whee-wheé, whee-wheé, whee-wheé... read more


Montane forest and forest borders; 1800–2750 m.

Food and feeding

Berries and fruits; probably also insects, but information lacking. Has been recorded with mixed-species flocks.


No information. Two males in wing moult (presumably post-breeding), one in late stage at end Jul, other in very early stage in late Nov.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Bolivian and Peruvian Upper Yungas EBA. Rare, and very seldom seen; has small total range, within which has been found at... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Scimitar-winged Piha (Lipaugus uropygialis). 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).