Fiery-capped Manakin (Machaeropterus pyrocephalus)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Pipridae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adults | Sex: Males | Loc. Ceara, Brazil|Manu Nat. Park, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Mato Grosso, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonia, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Amazonia, Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~9.5 cm (3.7 in). The male aFiery-capped Manakin has a reddish-brown mantle and rump with green wings. The top of the head is golden with a median red stripe. The underparts are heavily striped with reddish-brown and buff. The female has green upperparts and olive underparts with a yellowish center of the belly. It is similar to the Striolated Manakin but is distinguished by a golden cap and purple back and rump in the male. The female is distinguished by olive underparts and the lack of yellowish spots on the tertials. Also, see Painted Manakin.

Status: The Fiery-capped Manakin is uncommon in the southern half of the Peruvian Amazon. A disjunct population also occurs in the Mayo Valley and adjacent areas in San Martin ranging up to 1500 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Br and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Saltarín Gorro de Fuego.

Sub-species: Fiery-capped Manakin (Machaeropterus pyrocephalus pyrocephalus), (P. L. Sclater), 1852.

Meaning of Name: Machaeropterus: Gr. makhaira= knife, dagger and pteros, winged= pteron, wing. pyrocephalus: Gr. pur, puros= fire and kephale= head.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.