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Chiroxiphia lanceolata

Lance-tailed Manakin

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Pipridae

Authors: Flannagan, Karen, Kevin Schmidt, and Wendy Tori

Chiroxiphia lanceolata

Panama; 28 December 2010 © Scott Olmstead

The Lance-tailed Manakin has modified central tail feathers, in both sexes, but these are distinctly less remarkable than those of the entirely allopatric Long-tailed Manakin (Chiroxiphia linearis). Nevertheless, males are equally unmistakable given the lack of geographical overlap with any of the other ‘blue-backed’ manakins. This manakin ranges from southern Central America, in southwest Costa Rica, to northern South America, where it ranges as far east as northeast Venezuela, and is also found on the offshore island of Margarita. It inhabits all types of woodland with a reasonably open understory, and both dry and more humid semi-deciduous forest. It is also able to tolerate scrubby patches of secondary woodland in semi-open country. In comparison to some of its congenerics, this species’ complex courtship rituals, in which two or more males display cooperatively have been little studied to date.

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Recommended Citation

Flannagan, Karen, Kevin Schmidt, and Wendy Tori. 2012. Lance-tailed Manakin (Chiroxiphia lanceolata), 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.

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  • IUCN Status:Unknown