White-browed Purpletuft (Iodopleura isabellae)
White-browed Purpletuft, Carajás, Pará, Brazil, January 2002 - click for larger image Pará, Brazil

The White-browed Purpletuft is a very small cotinga (11.5 cm; 4½") found in the Amazon Basin south of the Amazon and west of the rio Negro.

The first two photos show a fairly typical situation with a pair of birds perched high in the canopy on bare twigs where they will sit quietly then sally to catch insects. They also eat a lot of fruit and come lower for this. They inhabit humid forest and are best seen at the forest edge.

White-browed Purpletuft, Caxiuanã, Isla de Marajó, Pará, Brazil, November 2005 - click for larger image Even at a distance it is usually possible to make out the white markings on the face. The throat and middle of the underparts are also white as is the rump. The male's purple tuft is not always evident.

There are illustrations in Ridgely & Tudor, Volume 2, Plate 48; Hilty & Brown, Plate 33; and Ridgely & Greenfield, Plate 76.

White-browed Purpletuft, Caxiuanã, Isla de Marajó, Pará, Brazil, November 2005 - click for larger image
White-browed Purpletuft, Caxiuanã, Isla de Marajó, Pará, Brazil, November 2005 - click for larger image
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