Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Black Manakin (Xenopipo atronitens)


French: Manakin noir German: Schwarzpipra Spanish: Saltarín negro

Xenopipo atronitens


, 1847,



Sister to X. uniformis (which see). Monotypic.


E Colombia, S & SE Venezuela, the Guianas, and Amazonian Brazil (R Negro drainage E to Amapá and R Araguaia); locally in E Peru (Loreto, Ucayali, Madre de Dios), NE Bolivia (Beni, NE Santa Cruz) and SW Amazonian Brazil (S Amazonas, Acre, Rondônia).

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 12·5–18 g. Relatively long-tailed manakin with rather heavy bill, recalling a tyrant-flycatcher (Tyran­nidae), tanager (Thraupidae) or even small... read more


Calls numerous and varied, loud and sharp; include “skee! kip-kip-kip-krrr”, with many variations,... read more


Scrubby savanna woodland and thickets, stunted várzea forest, also gallery woodland;... read more

Food and feeding

Small fruits and insects, taken in aerial sally. Regularly accompanies mixed-species foraging flocks.


Not recorded. Male display unspectacular, no more than calling and chasing.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally considered to be locally common to fairly common in suitable habitat, but patchily distributed. Rare and local in heavily forested regions... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Black Manakin (Xenopipo atronitens). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 February 2020).