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White-bibbed Manakin Corapipo leucorrhoa

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Pipridae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Juan Alejandro Morales-Betancourt

A tiny manakin. Male black with glossy blue, contrasting with white band across front of lower face, from rear edge of ear-coverts to chin and throat. Females are far less distinctive, but the grayish throat serves as a useful distinguishing mark (Hilty and Brown 1986; Rigdley and Tudor 1994, Restall et al. 2006). This species is sometimes considered conspecific with the White-ruffed Manakin (Corapipo altera) of southern Central America. In terms of habitat, the White-bibbed Manakin has an obvious preference for humid primary forest, including gallery forests, and tall second growth, and visits edges and clearings at least where there are fruiting trees. Away from its leks, the species is usually observed singly, but occasionally in ‘couples’ or small groups of both sexes, which feed in the mid to lower growth of forest. Although not yet observed for the White-bibbed Manakin, the species presumably possesses an above-the-canopy display flight, which is a remarkable feature of its two congenerics. Althought not globally threatened, it has been suggested a decreasing trend in current population (BirdLife International 2012).

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Morales-Betancourt, J. A. White-bibbed Manakin (Corapipo leucorrhoa), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: