Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Crimson-hooded Manakin (Pipra aureola)


French: Manakin auréole German: Rothaubenpipra Spanish: Saltarín cabecinaranja

[Parus] Aureola


, 1758,

“some part of South America, near the equinoctial line” = Suriname


See P. filicauda. Has apparently also hybridized with Heterocercus linteatus (hybrid form described as “Pipra anomala”). Races aurantiicollis and borbae perhaps better synonymized with flavicollis, from which weakly differentiated, if at all#R. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. a. aureola (Linnaeus, 1758) – E Venezuela, the Guianas and NE Brazil (Amapá, E Pará).
  • P. a. flavicollis P. L. Sclater, 1852 – #Rmiddle Amazon from R Negro to R Maicuru (Brazil).
  • P. a. aurantiicollis Todd, 1925 – lower middle Amazon from R Tapajós to R Xingu, in W Pará (Brazil).
  • P. a. borbae J. T. Zimmer, 1936 – along R Madeira from Borba to Humaitá, in Amazonas (Brazil).
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm; 14–18·5 g. Male nominate race has orange-yellow on face and throat; otherwise, foreparts to upper mantle and lower breast crimson; rest of plumage black,... read more


    Main call of male a plaintive, somewhat drawn-out “eeeeew”, also sharper, double... read more


    Swampy and seasonally flooded forest (várzea), tangled woodland along watercourses... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small fruits, especially of species of Araceae, also insects and spiders. Items plucked or snatched in aerial sallies from nearby perch. read more


    Egg-laying in Feb–Mar in Guyana, Oct and Mar–May in Surinam and Oct–May in French Guiana. Male performs complex lek... read more


    Resident; dominant males sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rather uncommon over much of range; locally abundant in Guianan coastal areas.

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. (2019). Crimson-hooded Manakin (Pipra aureola). 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 9 December 2019).