Screaming Piha (Lipaugus vociferans)
Screaming Piha, Thaimaçu, Mato Grosso, Brazil, April 2003 - click for larger image Thaimaçu Lodge, Pará, Brazil
April 2003

The Screaming Piha is distributed throughout the Amazon Basin with a disjunct population in eastern Brazil from Pernambuco to Espírito Santo. It is found in middle and lower levels of humid forest and woodland.

It is a large bird looking a bit like a thrush but perches in a much more upright position. It is plain grey with a mottled effect on the throat and breast.

Its voice, a very loud wolf whistle, is one of the most common sounds in the Amazonian forest and can get quite annoying if you are trying to record other birds' voices. Despite this, it can be very difficult to see.

It eats mainly fruit but also some insects.

It is a member of the Cotinga family.

There is an illustration in Ridgely & Tudor, Volume 2, Plate 51.

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