Family Tityras and allies (Tityridae)

Data Deficient

White-tailed Tityra (Tityra leucura)


French: Tityre à queue blanche German: Weißschwanzbekarde Spanish: Titira coliblanco

Tityra leucura


, 1868,

Salto do Girão [Salto do Jirau], 09°20’ S, 64°43’ W, c. 120 km south-west of Porto Velho, Rondônia, Brazil


In HBW, treated as an abnormal subadult form, intermediate between two overlapping races of T. inquisitor. Known only from a single specimen collected in 1829, and a field observation in 2006#R; reportedly seen in Mato Grosso (Cristalino) in 2013. Differences from other Tityra in its plumage (most notably white ear-coverts, all-white tail) and much smaller, paler bill have been attributed to individual abnormality, but 2006 sighting of adult bird extremely similar to type specimen suggests it may be better treated tentatively as a valid species, pending further records and results of genetic study. Monotypic.


R Madeira–R Tapajós interfluvium, SC Amazonian Brazil; reported sighting also in N Mato Grosso (Cristalino).

Descriptive notes

c. 19 cm. Following is based on the type specimen (considered to be a young male moulting from juvenile to adult plumage) and the sight record (of an adult male) in 2006.... read more




Fundamentally unknown, although the 2006 observation (see below) was made in comparatively low-... read more

Food and feeding

Presumably omnivorous like other Tityra, but no data. The bird observed in 2006 was following a very large mixed-species foraging... read more


Nothing known.


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Data Deficient. Was described as a full species, based on the type (and only) specimen (from Salto do Jirau, on R Madeira, in... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). White-tailed Tityra (Tityra leucura). 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 25 June 2019).