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Golden-winged Manakin Masius chrysopterus

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


Conservation Status

There are no published demographic studies of this species. However, due to its relatively large geographic range and apparently stable rate of population change, the IUCN conservation status of Golden-winged Manakin is assessed as Least Concern (Birdlife International 2017).

Effects of human activity on populations

Golden-winged Manakin can be active in relatively new second growth habitat. At the Milpe Bird Sanctuary in Ecuador, 15-20 males actively display in a lek bordering former pastures that have been reforested only since 2004 (Nicholas Oakley and David McDonald, personal observations). While males rarely display when humans are close to the display log (instead nurrt-ing from a low perch near the display log), at moderate distances they display seemingly undeterred even by loud human activity (Liam Taylor, personal observations). Thus, it appears this species is relatively resilient to human disturbance. Nevertheless, the dependence on certain types of mossy logs for key reproductive behaviors, including copulation, suggests that reproductive behaviors might suffer serious negative effects if available habitat consists only of young second-growth or heavily disturbed forest.

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.