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White-bearded Manakin

From Opus

Photo by Steve GMale on left, female on right. Photo taken: Trinidad.
Photo by Steve G
Male on left, female on right. Photo taken: Trinidad.
Manacus manacus


[edit] Identification

10.7 cm. Black crown, upper back, wings and tail, otherwise white with greyish flanks and rump. The female and young males are olive-green. Legs are bright orange to red in both males and females.

[edit] Similar species

Females are very difficult to separate from females of other Manacus Manakins.

[edit] Distribution

Colombia, Venezuela and Trinidad east through the Guianas and south to Bolivia and northern Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

15 subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • M.m. abditivus
  • M.m. flaveolus
  • M.m. bangsi
  • M.m. interior
  • M.m. trinitatis
  • M.m. umbrosus
  • M.m. manacus
  • M.m. leucochlamys
  • M.m. maximus
  • M.m. expectatus
  • M.m. longibarbatus
  • M.m. purissimus
  • M.m. gutturosus
  • M.m. purus
  • M.m. subpurus

[edit] Habitat

Lowland forests and especially second growth, often at borders to roads and other human influenced areas.

[edit] Behaviour

Males display in leks low over the rainforest floor. The bird jumps from ground onto a vertical branch and down again, at the same time making explosive snapping sounds.

The diet includes fruit and insects.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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