Family Tyrant-flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

Least Concern

Wing-barred Piprites (Piprites chloris)


French: Piprite verdin German: Gelbzügel-Pipritestyrann Spanish: Piprites verde

Pipra chloris


, 1822,

Ipanema, São Paulo, Brazil


Closest to P. griseiceps. Race chlorion highly distinctive, differing from others in its pale grey vs olive/yellow mantle, hindcollar, neck sides and upper throat to lower belly (4), and whitish vs pale yellow mid-belly (2); but no vocal differences detected in analysis of available recordings, and shorter tail allies it with tschudii. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. c. chlorion (Cabanis, 1847) – Grey-breasted Piprites – N, E & S Venezuela (Coastal Range in Carabobo, Aragua and Sucre, also Amazonas and Bolívar), the Guianas, E Colombia and lower Amazonian Brazil (E Amazonas from lower R Negro and lower R Madeira, E to Amapá).
  • P. c. perijana Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1949 – subtropical zone of Sierra de Perijá on N Colombia–Venezuela border, and of E Andes in S Táchira (Venezuela).
  • P. c. antioquiae Chapman, 1924 – N Colombia at N end of C Andes and in middle Magdalena Valley.
  • P. c. tschudii (Cabanis, 1874) – extreme E Colombia (SE Guainía), extreme S Venezuela (S Amazonas), W & C Amazonian Brazil (E to R Negro and lower R Juruá), E Ecuador and C & E Peru (S to Junín).
  • P. c. boliviana Chapman, 1924 – SW Amazonian Brazil (upper R Juruá to upper R Madeira) and N & E Bolivia; possibly this race in SE Peru.
  • P. c. grisescens Novaes, 1964 – E part of N Brazil (E Pará and Maranhão).
  • P. c. chloris (Temminck, 1822) – Wing-barred Piprites – E Brazil (from S Mato Grosso do Sul E to São Paulo, S to N Rio Grande do Sul and patchily along coast from Pernambuco#R S to Santa Catarina#R), E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).
  • Descriptive notes

    12·5–14 cm; 15–21 g. Distinctive, with yellow eyering and wingbars reminiscent of some Nearctic vireos (Vireo), but large round head manakin-like... read more


    Song a rhythmic, far-carrying sequence, e.g. “whip, pip-pip, pidipip, whip”, variable... read more


    Humid forest and mature secondary woodland, including Araucaria forest in S, and locally... read more

    Food and feeding

    Apparently mainly insects; small fruits occasionally taken. Insects gleaned from foliage, also hover-gleaned in short aerial sally.... read more


    Male in breeding condition in May in Colombia (Antioquia); peak of singing in May–Jun in N Venezuela. One empty nest found in May in... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common in much of range; often seems to be rather local, as for example in Ecuador and Colombia. Brazilian range might be much... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. & de Juana, E. (2019). Wing-barred Piprites (Piprites chloris). 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 12 December 2019).