Green-and-black Fruiteater Pipreola riefferii

Colombian name: Frutero Verdinegro

Male Green-and-black Fruiteater, Montezuma, Tatama, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image Colombia
April 2012

The Green-and-black Fruiteater is distributed in the mountains of northern Venezuela and the Andes from western Venezuela to central Peru. See the distribution map at NatureServe. It is found in montane forest and its borders mainly between 1,5900 and 2,700 metres.

The bill and legs are coral red. The male has a black head, throat and breast with a yellow border on the neck and bib. Underparts are yellow with olive streaks. Note that in the sub-species found in the western cordillera, P. r. occidentalis (photo 1), the yellow border is more complete than in the nominate form (photo 2).

Male Green-and-black Fruiteater, Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image The female, seen in photo 3 lacks the black hood of the male.
Male Green-and-black Fruiteater, Rio Blanco, Caldas, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image
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