Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

Dusky Purpletuft (Iodopleura fusca)


French: Iodopleure brun German: Braunkopf-Zwergbekarde Spanish: Cotinguita oscuro

Ampelis fusca


, 1817,



Closely related to I. isabellae, and possibly even conspecific. Monotypic.


Extreme SE Venezuela (E Bolívar), the Guianas, and adjacent N Brazil (Roraima, Amapá and also farther S, to Manaus area#R).

Descriptive notes

11 cm; one male 15·3 g. Small cotingid with relatively long hirundinid-like wings, short tail extending only 5–10 mm beyond tail-coverts, wide bill slightly... read more


Soft trilled notes and high, thin notes, similar to those of I. isabellae.


Canopy and borders of humid forest; to 500 m.

Food and feeding

Insects, taken in flight sallies from treetops; also fruit. No further details.


A nest in French Guiana was being built in Dec–Jan on a horizontal branch in the canopy of a c. 20 m high tree, a few metres below... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Poorly known. Considered uncommon or rare, but probably under-recorded owing to difficulty of observation of small treetop birds in... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2019). Dusky Purpletuft (Iodopleura fusca). 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 19 June 2019).