Golden-winged Manakin (Masius chrysopterus)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Males | Loc. Amazonas, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Females | Loc. Eastern Andes, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Eastern Andes, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Eastern Andes, Colombia

Identification & Behavior: ~11 cm (4.3 in). The male Golden-winged Manakin is all black with a golden forehead and crown and red stripe that projects towards the nape. It has a yellow stripe on the throat. The webbing on the flight feathers is golden. The female is green with yellowish crown, chin, and center of the belly. Both sexes have red legs and feet. It forages in the understory and midstory of humid montane forests. The male is unmistakable. The female superficially resembles the Green Manakin but is distinguished by yellowish crown and chin and by having red legs.

Status: The Golden-winged Manakin is fairly common in the understory and midstory of humid montane forests of the northeast Andes at elevations ranging between 1200-2000 m. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Saltarín de Ala Dorada.

Sub-species: Golden-winged Manakin (Masius chrysopterus peruvianus), Carriker, 1934.

Meaning of Name: Masius: In honor of Luigi Masi (b. 1814) Italian republican, secretary to Prince Bonaparte and tutor to his children. chrysopterus: Gr. khrusos= gold, golden and pteron= wing, winged.

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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.