Golden-breasted fruiteater

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Golden-breasted fruiteater
Pipreola aureopectus Museum de Genève.JPG
Museum exhibit
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cotingidae
Genus: Pipreola
Species: P. aureopectus
Binomial name
Pipreola aureopectus
(Lafresnaye, 1843)

The golden-breasted fruiteater (Pipreola aureopectus) is a species of bird in the family Cotingidae. It is found in Colombia, and Venezuela, where its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. Considering range and population size, this species is not considered vulnerable[2]

Description[edit]

The adult golden-breasted fruiteater is about 17 cm (6.7 in) in length. The male has dark areas on the chin and lores, but otherwise the upper parts are green. The tertial wing feathers have pale tips. The throat and upper chest are bright yellow and the belly is lemon yellow with green streaks on the flanks. The female is bright green above, with pale tertials, and yellow, heavily streaked with green below. The eyes are yellow, the beak orange and the legs greyish-green.[3] The voice is a high-pitched, multi-syllable phrase that first rises and then falls and lasts for up to three seconds.[4]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

This species is found in mountainous regions of northeastern Colombia and northern Venezuela on the east side of the Andes.[3] A separate population is known from the west slope of the mountain range in western Colombia. It lives in lower and medium-level montane forests, mostly at altitudes between 1,000 and 2,300 m (3,300 and 7,500 ft).[3]

Ecology[edit]

The golden-breasted fruiteater feeds only on fruit as far as is known. It is sometimes seen in small groups of mixed species but otherwise moves around singly or in pairs. Little is known of its breeding habits, but birds in breeding condition have been seen between January and June and also in September.[4]

Status[edit]

Although the range of the golden-breasted fruiteater is not very great, it is a fairly common species and the population seems stable. For these reasons, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has assessed the bird as being a "least-concern species".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Pipreola aureopectus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012: e.T22700791A39243125. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2012-1.RLTS.T22700791A39243125.en. 
  2. ^ Golden-breasted fruiteater Birdlife International
  3. ^ a b c Ridgely, Robert S.; Tudor, Guy (2009). Field Guide to the Songbirds of South America: The Passerines. University of Texas Press. p. 505. ISBN 978-0-292-71748-0. 
  4. ^ a b Snow, D. "Golden-breasted fruiteater (Pipreola aureopectus)". HBWA. Retrieved 2015-08-20.