Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Club-winged Manakin (Machaeropterus deliciosus)


French: Manakin à ailes blanches German: Keulenschwingenpipra Spanish: Saltarín alitorcido

Pipra deliciosa

P. L. Sclater

, 1860,

Nanegal, Pichincha, Ecuador


Formerly separated in monotypic Allocotopterus on basis of highly modified secondaries, but congeners show similar, though less extreme, modifications. Monotypic.


W slope of Andes in SW Colombia (S from Risaralda) and W Ecuador (S to Pichincha, also in El Oro and W Loja).

Descriptive notes

9·5–10 cm; 1 female 12 g. Distinctive manakin, male with greatly modified secondaries. Male has scarlet forehead and crown, dusky eyestripe; rest of body mostly... read more


Male call at lek a high-pitched “seet” or “seet-seet” followed by up to 8... read more


Wet montane forest, especially where mossy, also mature secondary woodland. Mostly 600–1900 m... read more

Food and feeding

Small berries and insects, plucked and taken from twigs and leaves in aerial sallies. Occasionally accompanies mixed-species flocks.


Egg-laying in Mar–Aug in Colombia. Male displays solitarily, but often within hearing distance of others, on thin branch up to c. 7 m... read more


Resident. Apparently seasonal altitudinal movements in Ecuador, descending to c. 100 m during non-... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Uncommon to fairly common but local, or very local, within relatively small... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Club-winged Manakin (Machaeropterus deliciosus). 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 24 February 2020).