Red-capped Manakin, Pipra mentalis, manakin, bird, guatemala

Red-capped Manakin (Pipra mentalis)

Manakins are wonderful small birds found in the neotropics. The males of most species of manakin have developed elaborate ‘lekking’ displays, where they hop and dance around from branch to branch, making strange ‘finger-clicking’ noises with their wings to attract females. Once you’ve heard this noise, this helps in locating manakin leks ever afterwards. However, when they are NOT doing this, they can sit quite unobtrusively in the forest. This was the case when I came across this contemplative Red-capped Manakin (Pipra mentalis) in Guatemala.

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