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Scimitar-winged Piha - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Scimitar-winged Cotinga

Lipaugus uropygialis


30 cm.

  • Grey upperparts
  • Paler grey underparts
  • Rufous-chestnut rump, lower flanks and undertail-coverts
  • Strongly recurved and attenuated primaries
  • Dark red brown eye
  • Blackish bill, dark horn below

Females are similar to males but with less modified primaries. Juvenile undescribed.


Found on the eastern slopes of the Andes in Bolivia and extreme southeastern Peru.
A little known and seldom seen restricted-range species.


This is a monotypic species.
Has been placed in a monotypic genus (Chirocylla) before.


Moist montanes.
Occurs at 1800-2750 m.



Feeds on berries and fruits. Takes probably also insects.
Forages sometimes in mixed-species flocks.


No information on breeding.


No movements recorded.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2014)

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