(syn. Pipra Ϯ Wire-tailed Manakin P. filicauda) Gr. τελεος teleos  perfect; νημα nēma, νηματος nēmatos  thread. Reichenbach's 1850, plate LXIII, labelled Motac. Parinae: Piprinae, shows thin curved filaments to all the tail-feathers. "The 'oddball' of the P. aureola superspecies on the basis of its uniquely adapted tail feathers: the bare shafts of the three outer pairs of rectrices project by about the same length as the main tail (or even slightly more than this) in the form of wire-like filaments, which curve outwards and downwards. This modification has a tactile function apparently unique in birds [cf. Seleucidis]" (Kirwan & Green 2011); "Teleonema REICHENBACH, Av. Syst. Nat., pl. 63, March 1, 1850—type Pipra filicauda Spix." (Hellmayr 1929, 38).

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 11 December 2018).