Family Cotingas (Cotingidae)

Near Threatened

White-tailed Cotinga (Xipholena lamellipennis)


French: Cotinga à queue blanche German: Weißschwanzkotinga Spanish: Cotinga coliblanco

Ampelis lamellipennis


, 1839,

South America = Belém, Pará, Brazil


Genetic data#R show this species to be sister to X. atropurpurea. Birds from Santarém (lower R Tapajós) described as race pallidior, but inseparable. Monotypic.


Lower Amazonian Brazil S of Amazon, from Pará (W bank and drainage of lower R Tapajós) E to N Maranhão.

Descriptive notes

19–20 cm. Distinctive; wide-based bill rather flattened dorsoventrally, slightly hooked at tip, rictal bristles absent. Male plumage has very heavy deposition of... read more


Loud “purp” given by both sexes.


Canopy of humid forest; to 400 m.

Food and feeding

Almost unknown. Probably mainly fruits; single record of Phytolacca fruit eaten.


Calculated dates of onset of moult (presumably post-breeding) in nearly all months of year, indicating no fixed breeding season. Male... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Poorly known. Apparently nowhere common; as its congeners, however, it is a treetop bird easily overlooked in areas of unbroken forest.

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). White-tailed Cotinga (Xipholena lamellipennis). 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).