Screaming piha

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Screaming piha
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cotingidae
Genus: Lipaugus
Species: L. vociferans
Binomial name
Lipaugus vociferans
(Wied, 1820)

The screaming piha (Lipaugus vociferans) is a species of bird in the family Cotingidae. It is found in humid forests in the Amazon and tropical parts of the Mata Atlântica in South America. As it is widespread and generally fairly common, it is considered to be of least concern by BirdLife International.

While the plumage of both sexes is dull grey (wings and tail often somewhat browner), its voice is extraordinary, exceptionally loud and among the most commonly heard sounds in the Amazon. The sound is frequently used in movies, and also can be heard in the background of the popular game Angry Birds Rio.

The Cofan people of Ecuador call it the Pwe-pwe Yoh, which is a reference to its voice. Similarly, among the Ecuadorian Secoyas, the bird is known as the Kwow-kwee-yo. Males often gather in loose leks, where they sing to attract females.



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Lipaugus vociferans". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 

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