Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Pipriola jucunda


Orange-breasted Fruiteater
The fruiteaters are relatively rarely seen inhabitants of Andean forests, mostly green, and sexually dimorphic. The male Orange-billed, shown here, is perhaps the most colorful of the group, and we were lucky to see it near the outdoor eating restaurant area run by the Paz family at their fabulous bird reserve. Fruiteaters are included among the cotingas, a large and very diverse family (they include the Cock-of-the-Rock) found only in the Neotropics; their closest North American relatives are the tyrant flycatchers.