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Fiery-capped Manakin

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Subspecies pyrocephalusPhoto © by LuizMato Grosso, Brazil, August, 2016
Subspecies pyrocephalus
Photo © by Luiz
Mato Grosso, Brazil, August, 2016
Machaeropterus pyrocephalus


[edit] Identification

8-9cm (3-3½ in)

[edit] Male

Subspecies pyrocephalusPhoto © by Stanley JonesVilla Carmen Lodge, Pilicopata, Cusco Department, Peru, September 2018
Subspecies pyrocephalus
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Villa Carmen Lodge, Pilicopata, Cusco Department, Peru, September 2018
  • Golden cap and nape with red median stripe (paler yellow and less prominent median stripe in pallidiceps)
  • Rosy rufous to maroon rest of upperparts
  • Most of wings olive
  • Black spots on tertials and some whitish on inner secondaries
  • Short olive tail with pointed feathers
  • Whitish throat
  • Streaked dull pink and whitish rest of underparts
  • Dark red eye

[edit] Female

  • Olive head and upperparts
  • Pale greyish throat
  • Pale and dull olive with blurry streaking on underparts, tinged yellowish belly

Juveniles similiar to females.

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.
Very local occurence in its range but easily overlooked in forest understorey.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are two subspecies[1]:

  • M. p. pallidiceps:
  • Southern Venezuela (north-western BolĂ­var) and extreme northern Brazil (Roraima)
  • M. p. pyrocephalus:
  • Eastern Peru (San MartĂ­n) to northern Bolivia and western Amazonian Brazil

[edit] Habitat

Lowland rainforest. Occurs up to 1200m, mostly lower.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on small fruits and insects. Snatches or plucks them in flight.

[edit] Breeding

The male displays at a lek in hearing distance of other males. It hangs downwards from a horizontal perch and twists very rapidly from side to side, becoming a blur.
A nest in Venezuela was found in March. Lays 2 eggs.

[edit] Movement

Presumably a resident species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2004. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 9: Cotingas to Pipits and Wagtails. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334696
  3. Avibase

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