The species comprises three subspecies that differ slightly in the extent of white in the throat and primary feather morphology: Corapipo leucorrhoa leucorrhoa from Venezuela and Colombia, C. leucorrhoa heteroleuca from Panama and southern Costa Rica, and C. leucorrhoa altera from northern Costa Rica to Honduras (Rosselli et al. 2002). C. leucorrhoa altera differs from the nominate race in having the outermost (tenth) primary broader and longer. The subspecies C. leucorrhoa heteroleuca differs from the nominate in having a reduced outermost primary, and in its less extensive white throat patch, sometimes much narrower over the chin but equally broad and more flared over the rear ear-coverts (Kirwan and Green 2012).
Order: Passeriformes. Family: Pipridae (Remsen et al. 2016). Species Authority: (Sclater, 1863) (BirdLife International 2012). Genus probably close to Masius; has also been suggested as possibly sister to Heterocercus on basis of display behavior and nest architecture (del Hoyo et al. 2004). White-bibbed Manakin is considered a sister species of White-ruffed Manakin (Corapipo altera) (Anciaes and Peterson 2009). White-ruffed Manakin was formerly considered conspecific with C. leucorrhoa, but recent classifications have considered it a separate species, because they differ strongly in the shape of the outer primary and show no signs of current or past intergradations (see Remsen et al. 2016 and references therein). altera of Mid. America and north-west Colombia has the outer primary much moore reduced and is considered a separate species from leuchorroa (Hilty & Brown 1986).