Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)


Buff-throated Purpletuft (Iodopleura pipra)


French: Iodopleure manakin German: Fahlkehl-Zwergbekarde Spanish: Cotinguita pipra

Pardalotus pipra


, 1831,

Sri Lanka; error = Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • I. p. leucopygia Salvin, 1885 – very patchily in coastal NE Brazil in Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas and Bahia.
  • I. p. pipra (Lesson, 1831) – coastal E Brazil in Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
  • Descriptive notes

    9·5 cm; 10 g. Small cotingid with relatively long hirundinid-like wings, short tail extending only 5–10 mm beyond tail-coverts, wide bill slightly expanded at... read more


    High-pitched, faint “se-se-see”, in flight sometimes repeated so rapidly as to become a... read more


    Humid forest, secondary woodland and cacao plantations; to 1000 m.

    Food and feeding

    Mainly mistletoe berries (Loranthaceae), some other fruits; also small insects. Forages mainly high in trees, especially large fine-leaved... read more


    Recorded in Jul–Oct; two records of laying in Jul, in austral winter (unusual, but supported by records of moult beginning Aug–... read more


    Little understood; probably some vertical seasonal movement. Found “migrating” in small flocks in... read more

    Status and conservation

    ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Slope of Alagoas and Pernambuco EBA and Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. Rare and local, and range highly fragmented.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Buff-throated Purpletuft (Iodopleura pipra). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 28 January 2020).