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Purple-throated Fruitcrow - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Birding COLOMBIA Birding
Pacific Choco, Colombia, May 2011
Querula purpurata


Photo © by Stanley Jones
Fundación Parque, Natural San Francisco, Ipeti, eastern Panama Province, Panama, 12 December 2021

28cm (11in) in male, a little smaller in female, and both smaller in eastern populations

  • A mid black bird, glossy on upperside in male, more dull in female and immature
  • Greyish bill that can look whitish, bluish-white or even silvery sometimes. Upper mandible has a black tip

Male has a dark red to purple throat with elongated, flattened feathers.


Costa Rica to pacific coast of Colombia and Ecuador, and a separate population east of the Andes in Eastern Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru to Bolivia, and from there east through Brazil, the Guianas, to eastern Venezuela1,2.


Photo © by Xyko Paludo
Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil, December 2017

This is a monotypic species[1].


Humid forests mostly lower than 400 m, also in mature secondary forests.



Their diet consists of both insects and fruit. Insects, such as cicadas, katydids, moths and mantids are fed to their nestlings.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  3. Ridgely & Gwynne 1989. Birds of Panama. Princeton Paperbacks. ISBN 0691025126
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)
  5. Neotropical Birds Online (retrirved July 2018)
  6. Birdforum Member observations

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