Red-ruffed Fruitcrows

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The Red-ruffed Fruitcrow (Pyroderus scutatus) is a South American endemic that is found in humid forests, especially in highlands and have a highly disjunct distribution.

Populations exist in the Tepuis (mountains) in Venezuela and Guyana, the east Andean slopes in Peru, Andean slopes in north-western Ecuador, Colombia and western Venezuela, the Venezuelan Coastal Range, and Atlantic Forest in south-eastern Brazil, eastern Paraguay and far north-eastern Argentina.



This is one of the largest passerines in South America - although it is surpassed by another cotinga, the Amazonian Umbrellabird.

This species is primarily black with a pale bluish bill. Some subspecies have brown underparts. They have a bright orange-crimson patch on the throat (superficially resembling the smaller male Purple-throated Fruitcrow).

Females look similar, except they are smaller in size.



Males gather in loose leks (competitive mating displays), where they call to attract the females.


Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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