Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Cerulean-capped Manakin (Lepidothrix coeruleocapilla)


French: Manakin céruléen German: Blaukappenpipra Spanish: Saltarín coroniceleste

P[ipra]. coeruleo-capilla


, 1844,

Montañas de Vitoc, Junín, Peru


Sister to L. isidorei (which see). Monotypic.


Upper tropical zone on E slope of Andes of C & SE Peru (S Huánuco S to Puno).

Descriptive notes

8·5 cm; 9·1 g. Male has bright blue cap, deeper blue rump and uppertail-coverts; rest of plumage black; iris dark brownish-red; bill blackish above, paler grey below; legs... read more


Call a sharp “tee-zeek”.


Humid forest in foothills, also ridgetop scrub; 500–2100 m.

Food and feeding

No information; presumably as for L. coronata. Occasionally observed at fruiting trees near forest edge.


Nest with eggs in Nov in SE Peru was a low cup in fork of tree, c. 1∙7 m above the ground, attached to the branches using live material... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian East Andean Foothills EBA. Uncommon to locally quite common. Very poorly known, and often extremely... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & de Juana, E. (2020). Cerulean-capped Manakin (Lepidothrix coeruleocapilla). 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 18 February 2020).