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Fiery-throated Fruiteater Pipreola chlorolepidota
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This species is classified as Near Threatened because it is suspected to be declining moderately rapidly owing to habitat loss.

Taxonomic source(s)
SACC. 2006. A classification of the bird species of South America. Available at: #

Distribution and population
Pipreola chlorolepidota occurs in the east foothills of the Andes from south Colombia, Ecuador to north and central Peru, south to Pasco (Ridgely and Tudor 1994). It is known only from west Caquetá, Cauca and Putumayo in Colombia (Hilty and Brown 1986, P. G. W. Salaman in litt. 1999), and is rare in Ecuador (Ridgely et al. 1998) and Peru (Parker et al. 1982), but locally uncommon at some sites (Parker et al. 1982).

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as uncommon and patchily distributed, or rare to uncommon.

Trend justification
This species is suspected to lose 26-26.5% of suitable habitat within its distribution over three generations (10 years) based on a model of Amazonian deforestation (Soares-Filho et al. 2006, Bird et al. 2011). It is therefore suspected to decline by a rate approaching 30% over three generations.

It inhabits the lower and middle growth of humid forest, principally at 600-1,200 m, but has been observed at 300 m in Ecuador and Peru (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001, Schulenberg et al. 2007). It was recently recorded in the Cerros del Sira of Peru at 1,450-1,500 m (Mee et al. 2002).

Many of its foothill forests are under intense threat from conversion to agriculture and cattle pasture, mining operations, oil exploration and logging, with widespread destruction being caused by peasant farmers and tea and coffee growers (Dinerstein et al. 1995).

Conservation Actions Underway
Occurs in Sangay National Park, Ecuador. Conservation Actions Proposed
Effectively protect and manage protected areas where the species occurs. Search for the species at new sites and monitor population at known sites. Study its ecology and its ability to persist in degraded and fragmented habitats. Use GIS habitat loss data to produce accurate estimate of declines.

Dinerstein, E.; Olson, D. M.; Graham, D. J.; Webster, A. L.; Primm, S. A.; Bookbinder, M. P.; Ledec, G. 1995. A conservation assesssment of the terrestrial ecoregions of Latin America and the Caribbean. World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Hilty, S. L.; Brown, W. L. 1986. A guide to the birds of Colombia. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Mee, A.; Ohlson, J.; Stewart, I.; Wilson, M.; Örn, P.; Ferreyra, J. D. 2002. The Cerros del Sira revisited: birds of submontane and montane forest. Cotinga 18: 46-57.

Parker, T. A.; Parker, S. A.; Plenge, M. A. 1982. An annotated checklist of Peruvian birds. Buteo Books, Vermillion, South Dakota.

Ridgely, R. S.; Greenfield, P. J. 2001. The birds of Ecuador: status, distribution and taxonomy. Cornell University Press and Christopher Helm, Ithaca and London.

Ridgely, R. S.; Greenfield, P. J.; Guerrero, M. 1998. An annotated list of the birds of mainland Ecuador. Fundación Ornitológica del Ecuador, CECIA, Quito.

Ridgely, R. S.; Tudor, G. 1994. The birds of South America. University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas.

Schulenberg, T. S.; Stotz, D. F. ; Lane, D. F.; O'Neill, J. P.; Parker III, T. A. 2007. Birds of Peru. Prnceton University Press, Prnceton, NJ, USA.

Stotz, D. F.; Fitzpatrick, J. W.; Parker, T. A.; Moskovits, D. K. 1996. Neotropical birds: ecology and conservation. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Further web sources of information
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Text account compilers
Capper, D., Harding, M., Isherwood, I., O'Brien, A., Sharpe, C J

Salaman, P.

IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Pipreola chlorolepidota. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Near Threatened
Family Cotingidae (Cotingas)
Species name author Swainson, 1837
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 83,500 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
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