The Black-tipped Cotinga is the South American replacement of Snowy Cotinga (Carpodectes nitidus) and is found distributed from extreme eastern Panama (Darien) along the west slope of Colombia south to northwestern Ecuador. It is local and uncommon in mature forest and forest edge in the lowlands and lower foothills. The male is entirely white, with indistinct black tips to the outer flight feathers and central tail feathers, that are difficult to see at great distance. Females are grayish above and white below, with distinct white edging to the wing coverts and flight feathers. As in other members of the Carpodectes, the female has a distinct white eyering. The male is unlikely to be confused for any other species, and it does not overlap with other members of the genus. Female somewhat similar looking to a female Pompadour Cotinga (Xipholena punicea), but unlikely to overlap with. As with other members of the genus, no vocalizations are known for it. Males perform a distinctive flight display, swooping with broad flaps from tree to tree. Mainly seen perched on emergent dead branches in the canopy. Forages in fruiting trees where groups of females known to congregate.