It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela; also in southern Central America in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.
It is a stout medium sized glossy-black bird. Males have a large purple-red upper throat patch, (similar to the gorget of the hummingbirds), extending to the side of the neck. It has a short wide pointed grayish bill, black eyes, and gray legs.
The purple-throated fruitcrow ranges across northern South America, with populations west of the Andes cordillera extending into Central America to Nicaragua. It goes from the Guianas and Maranhão state, northeastern Brazil in the east, and throughout the Amazon Basin to the Andes foothills in the west; it is only absent in the Amazon Basin in the northeast and north central bordering the Guiana Highlands and southern Venezuela; otherwise the range is contiguous east of the Andes.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Querula purpurata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Schulenberg, T. S., Ed. 2010. Purple-throated Fruitcrow (Querula purpurata). Neotropical Birds Online. Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
- Purple-throated fruitcrow media. The Internet Bird Collection.
- Purple-throated fruitcrow photo gallery. VIREO: Visual Resources for Ornithology. The Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University.
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