Band-tailed Fruiteaters

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The Band-tailed Fruiteaters (Pipreola intermedia) are cotingas found along the eastern slope of the Andes in the South American countries of Bolivia and Peru. They are most common in montane forests from 7,500 - 9,850 feet (2,300 - 3,000 meters) elevations; and uncommon at lower altitudes.

Subspecies and Ranges

  • Pipreola intermedia intermedia (Taczanowski, 1884) - Nominate Form
    • Range: Occurs along the eastern slope of Peruvian Andes - from La Libertad (a region in northwestern Peru) and San Martín (northern Peru) south to Junín (central Peru).

  • Pipreola intermedia signata (Hellmayr, 1917)
    • Found along the eastern slope of Andes in southeastern Peru (Cuzco, Puno) and western Bolivia (La Paz and Cochabamba).


Band-tailed Fruiteaters measure about 7.1 - 7.3 inches (18.5 - 19.5 cm) in length.

The upper plumage is green and the plumage below is yellowish with green and black inverted V-shaped patterns. The male has a black head, while the female's is green. The bill is red. Both genders have a substantial black band towards the end of the tail, for which this species was named.

Similar Species:

  • Within their range could be confused with the similar Green-and-black Fruiteaster, which is smaller in size. Band-tailed Fruiteaters are mostly easily identified visually from Green-and-black Fruiteater by the black band on the tail.

Alternate (Global) Names

Chinese: ?????? ... Czech: kotinga pásoocasá, Kotinga pestroocasá ... Danish: Båndhalefrugtæder ... Finnish: Juovapyrstökotinga ... French: Cotinga à collier, Cotinga à queue rayée, Cotinga intermédiaire ... German: Buntschwanz-Schmuckvogel, Schmuckbauchkotinga ... Italian: Cotinga intermedia, Fruttaio codafasciata ... Japanese: obiomidorikazaridori ... Norwegian: Båndhalefrukteter ... Polish: owocojad pregosterny, owocojad pr?gosterny ... Russian: ????????????? ??????????? ??????? ... Slovak: ovociar pruhochvostý ... Spanish: Frutero Colifajado, Granicera de Cola Franjeada ... Swedish: Bandstjärtad fruktätare

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