Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Least Concern

White-browed Purpletuft (Iodopleura isabellae)


French: Iodopleure d’Isabelle German: Weißbrauen-Zwergbekarde Spanish: Cotinguita cejiblanco

Iodopleura Isabellae


, 1847,

San Carlos, Río Negro, south Venezuela


Closely related to I. fusca, and possibly even conspecific. Race paraensis sometimes considered too poorly differentiated to warrant recognition#R#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • I. i. isabellae Parzudaki, 1847 – W Amazon Basin and upper R Orinoco drainage in S Venezuela, SE Colombia, E Ecuador, E Peru, extreme N Bolivia (Pando), and Brazil (E to W Pará).
  • I. i. paraensis Todd, 1950 – E Amazon Basin in Brazil (E Pará E from R Tocantins, NW Maranhão, S to N Goiás).
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12 cm; 19·8–20·2 g. Small cotingid with relatively long hirundinid-like wings, short tail extending only 5–10 mm beyond tail-coverts, wide... read more


    Variety of mostly weak, high-pitched notes, mostly trilled or tittering, e.g. “tre-e-ed... read more


    Canopy and borders of humid forest and secondary woodland; mostly below 500 m, in small numbers up... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, taken in flight sallies from treetops; also much fruit, including mistletoe berries (Loranthaceae), usually taken during brief... read more


    One nest and records of dependent juveniles indicate laying in Sept–Dec in E Brazil (Belém area). Only nest found was a minute... read more


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon, but probably under-recorded owing to difficulty of observation of small treetop birds in areas of unbroken forest. Occurs in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. (2019). White-browed Purpletuft (Iodopleura isabellae). 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 17 June 2019).