Green-and-black Fruiteater

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pipreola riefferii

Green-and-black Fruiteater

The Green-and-black Fruiteater is a chunky, short-tailed, flat-headed bird patterned in green and black.

It is measures about 7 inches in length.

Adult males have a black head, throat and chest glossed with green and mid- green upper parts, with pale tips to the tertial feathers of the wings.

There is a yellow rim to the dark chest and the underparts are otherwise yellowish, usually mottled or streaked with green.

Females are similar to the males apart from the replacement of the black areas by green, and the absence of the yellow necklace.

Both sexes have orangish-red bills and legs and the iris of their eyes is reddish- brown.

SONG: A high-pitched "ts-s-s-s-s-s-s" lasting for a few seconds, slowing and sometimes fading as it winds down.

Mostly eat fruit or insects.

Subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.

Nest is cup-shaped made of moss and small roots. It is built on bushes 1 or 2 meters high.

The female lays 2 creamy eggs with reddish brown dots.


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