The Araripe Manakin is a rather large and highly distinctive manakin that was only discovered in 1996. It is known only from a very small area of forest in valleys along the Araripe Plateau in Ceará, Brazil. Its known population numbers only about 800 individuals, and is seriously theatened by deforestation. The male resembles a largely white version of the Helmeted Manakin (A. galeata) of central Brazil, and shares the brilliant red crest, crown, and mantle of that species. The female is dull olive-gray, but retains some semblance of a crest above the bill. There is very little information available on the life history of this species, but it apparently feeds on small fruits and nests over streams.