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Golden-winged Manakin Masius chrysopterus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Pipridae
  • Polytypic: 5 subspecies
  • Authors: Liam Taylor, Nicholas Oakley, and David McDonald


Precise details about breeding phenology are unavailable. At Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Ecuador, copulations begin in October and increases towards December (Nicholas Oakley and Liam Taylor, personal observations).

The nest usually is built ca 2 m above ground, near a stream. The nest is a small cup suspended in forked branches and is composed of dark fibers, spiderwebs, and thin strands of moss that trail downwards (Hilty and Brown 1986, Greeney and Gelis 2007, Solano-Ugalde et al. 2007). The female incubates the two egg clutch. Egg color varies from olive tan with dark brown blotching in eastern Ecuador to pale salmon with redder blotching in western Ecuador (Greeney and Gelis 2007, Solano-Ugalde et al. 2007). A nest being built by a color-banded female at Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Ecuador was much higher above the ground (10-15 m; Nicholas Oakley, personal observations).

Egg measurements (from Greeney and Gelis 2007; n = 5):

20.8 ± 0.8 mm by 14.5 ± 0.4 mm

Nest measurements (from Biancucci and Martin 2010; n = 12):

Inner diameter = 5.40 cm

Outer diameter = 6.90 cm

Inner height = 3.20 cm

Outer height = 4.24 cm

Recommended Citation

Taylor, L., N. Oakley, and D. McDonald (2018). Golden-winged Manakin (Masius chrysopterus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.