The blue-crowned manakin is a species of bird in the family Pipridae. The males have a brilliant blue cap; some have black, others have green body plumage, but the relationship between the subspecies is not well understood.
Similar species: Passerines
Uploaded Oct 13, 2020. Captured Aug 24, 2020 11:03 in Palcazu, 19320, Peru.
Unfortunately I have yet to find a single lek around here. For some reason, I've had much better luck with them in Central America. Posted 2 years ago
Manakins are really cool birds! They are active, colorful, and have elaborate courtship displays that include dancing and making mechanical sounds. They comprise the family Pipridae with approximately 60 species distributed through the American tropics. The common name “manakin” comes from the Middle Dutch “mannekijn”, meaning “little man.” The name is appropriate since they are small birds, but with big personalities.
They are frugivorous (eat mostly fruit). Fruit is plentiful, which means manakins don’t have to work hard to find food. Consequently, females don’t select males based on their ability to provide food. Instead, females evaluate males at leks, which are areas where males perform communal displays during breeding season.
The males make non-vocal, mechanical sounds with their wing and feather movements. The sounds produced are a combination of whirs, pops, clicks, and snaps. All of this noise is merely an accompaniment to the male’s erratic flight and dancing. His performance intensifies until a female is impressed and stimulated enough to enter the lek and mate with the fancy fella of her choice. #JungleDragon #Manakin #Pipridae
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