An Introduction to the Birds of Tropical America

    Songbirds - Manakins  

Manakins are small colorful (the males) fruit-eating birds of tropical forests. Some species can make interesting snapping sounds with their wings.


Golden-winged Manakin
Golden-winged Manakin (Masius chrysopterus) Male
Tatama National Park, Pueblo Rico, Risaralda, Colombia

Lance-tailed Manakin
Lance-tailed Manakin (Chiroxiphia lanceolata) Male
Metropolitan Park, Panama City, Panama
Manakins in the chiroxiphia genus, and perhaps others, have a mating ritual where the males hop around on a horizontal branch. In spanish manakins are called 'saltarines', or jumpers.

Blue-crowned Manakin
Blue-crowned Manakin (Lepidothrix coronata) Male
Bahia Solano, Choco, Colombia

White-bearded Manakin
White-bearded Manakin (Manacus manacus) Male
Laguna Tabacal, La Vega, Colombia
The most common and widespread manakin species. Its snapping sounds are easily recognizable in lowland forests.

White-bibbed Manakin
White-bibbed Manakin (Corapipo leucorrhoa) Male
La Victoria, Caldas, Colombia


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