Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Blue-crowned Manakin (Lepidothrix coronata)


French: Manakin à tête bleue German: Blauscheitelpipra Spanish: Saltarín coroniazul

Pipra coronata


, 1825,

São Paulo de Olivença, Rio Solimões, west Amazonas, Brazil


Taxonomy complex and poorly understood: NW populations (velutina, minuscula) may represent a separate species; populations E of Andes of two distinct types, with males black-bodied in N (caquetae, carbonata, nominate) and green-bodied in S (exquisita, caelestipileata, regalis), and apparently intermediate populations in W Amazonia (S of Amazon in N Peru and W Brazil). Recent work on genetics and vocalizations remains inconclusive#R. Name exquisita pre-dates caelestipileata by at least two (probably 8–9) months#R. Eight subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. c. velutina (Berlepsch, 1883) – Velvety Manakin – Costa Rica (Pacific side, also on Atlantic side in extreme E) and W Panama.
  • L. c. minuscula (Todd, 1919) – E Panama (E from Canal Zone), NW & NC Colombia (in E, S possibly to S Caldas) and NW Ecuador (S to N Manabí).
  • L. c. caquetae (Meyer de Schauensee, 1953) – S Colombia E of Andes (W Meta, W Caquetá).
  • L. c. carbonata (Todd, 1925) – SC & SE Colombia, S Venezuela, and NE Peru and NW Brazil N of Amazon.
  • L. c. coronata (Spix, 1825) – Blue-crowned Manakin – E Ecuador, and NE Peru and adjacent extreme W Brazil S of Amazon.
  • L. c. exquisita (Hellmayr, 1905) – Exquisite Manakin – C Peru E of Andes (Amazonas to Cuzco).
  • L. c. caelestipileata (Goeldi, 1905) – SE Peru (Madre de Dios), NW Bolivia (Pando) and adjacent W Brazil (Acre, SW Amazonas).
  • L. c. regalis (J. Bond & Meyer de Schauensee, 1940) – NC Bolivia (Cochabamba, Beni).
  • Descriptive notes

    8–9 cm; 8·5 g. Male nominate race has bright blue cap; rest of plumage entirely sooty black; iris rather dark brown-red; bill blackish above, paler grey below;... read more


    Male advertisement call varies geographically, including the following: a soft “tho-wiik... read more


    Humid forest and mature secondary woodland; to 1400 m, mostly below 1000 m.

    Food and feeding

    Largely small fruits; also insects. Items plucked from foliage or twigs in flight. Often joins mixed-species foraging parties.


    Eggs laid in Feb–Jun (mainly Mar–May) in Costa Rica. Male displays solitarily or at “exploded” lek, from several... read more


    Little information; probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common in most of range; fairly common to common in Ecuador and Peru. Easily overlooked.

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. (2020). Blue-crowned Manakin (Lepidothrix coronata). 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 25 February 2020).