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Ceratopipra erythrocephala

Golden-headed Manakin

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Pipridae
  • Polytypic 2 Subspecies

Authors: Tamanini, Julie, Hilary Albers, and Wendy Tori

Pipra erythrocephala

St. George, Trinidad; 28 February 2011 © Robert Lewis

Golden-headed Manakin is fairly common in lowland forest and taller second growth in eastern Panama and in northern South America. The male is the only manakin with an entirely black body and bright golden head. The dull olive female is much more cryptic, but the combination of pale bill, small size, and square-tipped tail is subtly distinctive. As in other manakins, non-displaying birds are very difficult to spot, and usually are observed feeding at fruiting trees or shrubs. Once a lek of males is discovered, however, their bizarre displays can be observed at length. In this species, males hop, fly rapidly between perches, and shimmy along branches, all the while producing various buzzes, trills, and chips.

Recommended Citation

Tamanini, Julie, Hilary Albers, and Wendy Tori. 2012. Golden-headed Manakin (Ceratopipra erythrocephala), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website, for the distribution in Central America and/or Caribbean, and on a map provided by Robert S. Ridgely, for the South American distribution.

The data for the InforNatura maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Understory
  • Foraging Behavior:Sally
  • Diet:Fruit
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:Polygyny
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern