The purpletufts (Iodopleura) are a genus of birds in the family Tityridae. It has traditionally been placed in the cotinga family, but evidence strongly suggest it is better placed in Tityridae,[1] where now placed by SACC. These relatively small, short-tailed birds are found in the canopy of forests in tropical South America. Their name is a reference to the purple feather tufts on the flanks of the male, but these are often not visible when the wings are held closed, and females lack them entirely.

Purpletufts
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Male buff-throated purpletuft
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tityridae
Genus: Iodopleura
Lesson, 1839

SpeciesEdit

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
  Iodopleura pipra Buff-throated purpletuft eastern Brazil.
  Iodopleura isabellae White-browed purpletuft Amazon Rainforest.
  Iodopleura fusca Dusky purpletuft southeastern Venezuela, and very locally in northeastern Brazil.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Adopt the Family Tityridae Archived 2008-05-08 at the Wayback Machine - South American Classification Committee (2007)