Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Near Threatened

Blue-rumped Manakin (Lepidothrix isidorei)


French: Manakin à dos bleu German: Blaubürzelpipra Spanish: Saltarín lomiazul

Pipra isidorei

P. L. Sclater

, 1852,

“Nouvelle-Grenade” [Bogotá] = Buenavista, above Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia


Genetic data#R reveal this to be sister to L. coeruleocapilla, which it replaces geographically. Race leucopygia has been speculated as being a separate species#R, but only difference from nominate appears to be whitish vs pale blue rump#R. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. i. isidorei (P. L. Sclater, 1852) – E side of E Andes in Colombia (S from Boyacá), E Ecuador and N Peru (N Amazonas).
  • L. i. leucopygia (Hellmayr, 1903) – N Peru on E side of C Andes (S Amazonas, San Martín, N Huánuco).
  • Descriptive notes

    7·5 cm. Male nominate race has shiny white cap, azure-blue rump and uppertail-coverts; rest of plumage black; iris dark brownish-red; bill blackish above, paler grey below;... read more


    Male display call a rising “koooit” or “wreee”, repeated at intervals of 2–5 seconds.


    Humid forest in Andean foothills; 500–1700 m.

    Food and feeding

    No data; presumed similar to L. coronata.


    Not recorded. Display little known; a solitary male in Ecuador, perched 4–8 m up on thin horizontal branches, seen to raise pale... read more


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common to uncommon; rare in Peru. Observed less frequently than e.g. L. coronata, and seems to call less often; may be... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. (2020). Blue-rumped Manakin (Lepidothrix isidorei). 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 27 February 2020).