Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pipreola frontalis

Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater

The Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater is a species of bird in the family Cotingidae.

It is a plump, short-tailed cotinga. It is relatively small for a fruiteater, measuring 6.1 – 6.5 inches in length and its mass ranges from 39.5 - 45.3 grams, with an average of 42.4 grams.

The species is sexually dimorphic. Males are considerably more colorful than the females. Both sexes have bright green upperparts, with narrow yellow tips to the tertial feathers.

The male's throat and upper breast are bright red, while the female's underparts are yellow with green scaling or spots. Legs and feet are pink or orange.

Vocalizations are generally short, high- pitched and infrequent.

The song of male is longer and more complex which is a thin, rising trill that becomes a descending whistle, transcribed as "ti'ti'ti'ti'ti'ti'tseeeeeeeeer". Its call is a very high-pitched "pseet".

Eats primarily fruit, which it picks while hover-gleaning or, less frequently, while perched.

Found in montane forests at elevations ranging from 900 – 2,000 meters above sea level

Restricted to the eastern slope of the Andes from northeastern Ecuador through eastern Peru to central Bolivia.


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