Red-capped Manakin

Ceratopipra mentalis

Bird of the month - August

The Red-capped Manakin is found in Central America and the north part of South America.


The Red-capped Manakin natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest. It is usually found perched quietly or feeding at fruiting trees and bushes from understory to canopy. Male unmistakable: flame-red head, female notably drab, dull greenish with dull pinkish bill, dark legs. It is best identified by behavior, the male’s unusual courting method whereby he shuffles rapidly backwards across a branch, akin to a speedy moonwalk.

Bird of the month - August

It was a nice experience into the Humid Forest of Buenaventura last year. A birding trip with one target, the moonwalk dance of this Red-capped Manankin and of course we saw it.It was a great lifer for Martin (our client and friend) and us.

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Xeno-canto by Martin St-Michel