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Machaeropterus pyrocephalus

Fiery-capped Manakin

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Pipridae


Machaeropterus pyrocephalus

Parauapebas, Pará, Brazil; 10 April 2012 © Gabriel Leite

The Fiery-capped Manakin is an inhabitant of tropical evergreen forest in scattered pockets across Venezuela and in Peru, Bolivia and Amazonian Brazil.  Male Fiery-capped Manakins have a golden cap with a red median stripe, rosy rufous upperparts, an olive green tail and wings and whitish underparts streaked pink.  These manakins feed on fruit and insects which they take in flight.  During the breeding season, pairs of males form leks where they display by hanging downwards from a branch and twisting rapidly from side to side.  Fiery-capped Manakins are very local in occurrence throughout their range, and are easily overlooked in their proffered habitat in the forest understory.   

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Fiery-capped Manakin (Machaeropterus pyrocephalus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
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  • IUCN Status:Least Concern