Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Least Concern

Screaming Piha (Lipaugus vociferans)


French: Piauhau hurleur German: Schreikotinga Spanish: Guardabosques gritón

Muscicapa vociferans


, 1820,

Fazenda Pindoba, north of Caravellos, Bahia, Brazil


Despite increase in size and weight from N to SW of range, and presence of isolated population in E Brazil, variation insufficient to merit recognition of races. Monotypic.


E & S Venezuela (SE Sucre, Delta Amacuro, Bolívar, Amazonas), the Guianas, and forested parts of whole of Amazon Basin (from E edge of Andes) from Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Brazil S to Bolivia; also coastal E Brazil (Pernambuco S to Espírito Santo).

Descriptive notes

24–28 cm; male average 67·2 g and female 70·6 g (Surinam), male average 81·9 g and female 82·6 g (Peru). Dullest and most uniform-coloured... read more


Extremely loud, ringing “pi pi y-o”, audible through 300–400 m of forest,... read more


Humid forest, including seasonally flooded forest (várzea); also including ... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit and insects; single record of Anolis lizard, beaten against perch and swallowed at third attempt. Temporary tendency to... read more


Nest found in Sept in Brazil (near Manaus); on evidence of moult, season evidently varies from N to S of range, with extensive C area where... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common to uncommon, and very widespread. Tolerant of variety of forest types, including quite small patches. Occurs in numerous protected... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Screaming Piha (Lipaugus vociferans). 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 22 January 2020).