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Ceratopipra mentalis

Red-capped Manakin

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Pipridae
  • Polytypic 3 Subspecies

Authors: McDevitt, Meghan Kristine, C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González, and M. C. Arizmendi

Pipra mentalis

La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica; 24 March 2009 © Matt Brady

The Red-capped Manakin occurs from southeast Mexico south through Central America to Panama, and then along the Pacific slope of South America to northwest Ecuador. There are several species of 'red-headed' Pipra manakins, but this is the only that occurs in Central America, or in South America west of the Andes. In this region the male Red-headed Manakin is very distinctive. The tibial feathers are yellow (an older name for this species is Yellow-thighed Manakin), but the black body and contrasting, bright red head are the main features of the male. The green-bodied female is less distinctive, but since there are few other small-bodied manakins within its range, females also should be readily identifiable. The Red-capped Manakin inhabits humid evergreen and semideciduous forests, as well as tall second growth and even thickets, occasionally visiting forest borders, clearings, and even scrubby areas, especially to forage at fruiting trees.

Recommended Citation

McDevitt, Meghan Kristine, C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González, and M. C. Arizmendi. 2011. Red-capped Manakin (Ceratopipra mentalis), 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/Midstory
  • Foraging Behavior:Sally
  • Diet:Fruit
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:Polygyny
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status: