The Golden-headed Manakin (Ceratopipra erythrocephala) is a small passerine bird which breeds in tropical Central and South America in both wet and dry forests, secondary growth and plantations.
While I did see one at Asa Wright’s, he was a bit camera shy!
Here’s a full bird from Wikipedia.
They have a large range from Panama, Colombia and Trinidad south and east to the Guianas and Brazil and northern Peru. It is not found south of the Amazon or the Ucayali Rivers. They are readily seen on the main trail at Asa Wright’s but best to go in the morning if you stay there to see them lekking.
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Asa Wright Nature Centre
While manakins are known to dance to attract a mate, I couldn’t find a dancing clip online. Here’s one of a lek.
And a few close-ups of the bird’s movements.
The White-bearded Manakin (Manacus manacus) is a small passerine bird which breeds in tropical South America. This manakin is found in forests, secondary growth and plantations. It is a small, plump bird about 10.7 centimetres (4.2 in) long. At breeding time, males are involved in lekking behaviour on the forest floor during which they puff out their neck feathers.
They have a large range from Colombia and Trinidad south and east to the Guianas and Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. They are readily seen on the main trail at Asa Wright’s but best to go in the morning if you stay there to see them lekking.
LEARN MORE ABOUT WHITE-BEARDED MANAKINS
A very lucky birder found one male trying to court 3 females!
Some more filmed at Asa Wright’s.
The BBC brings us this list of stunning birds who really know how to impress the chicks! I’ve only seen one in person, the Satin Bowerbird in Girraween NP. He was quite happy to take a blue bottle cap to impress his paramour! With those brilliant purple eyes, he’s pretty impressive already!
Check out the full list and see how many YOU have seen!