Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Fiery-capped Manakin (Machaeropterus pyrocephalus)


French: Manakin tête-de-feu German: Feuerkopfpipra Spanish: Saltarín encendido

Pipra pyrocephala

P. L. Sclater

, 1852,

locality unknown = Ucayali, upper Amazon, Peru


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. p. pallidiceps J. T. Zimmer, 1936 – S Venezuela (lower Caura Valley and middle Paragua Valley, in Bolívar, also single record from NW Amazonas) and extreme N Brazil (N Roraima).
  • M. p. pyrocephalus (P. L. Sclater, 1852) – widely scattered localities in E Peru, N Bolivia and Amazonian Brazil (mainly in S, E to S Amapá and Goiás).
  • Descriptive notes

    8–9 cm; 9·8 g. Male has golden cap and nape with red median stripe, rest of upperparts rosy rufous to maroon; auriculars, tail and most of wing olive, some whitish on... read more


    Male advertising call a high-pitched bell-like or frog-like “pling”, usually at long... read more


    Humid forest and mature secondary woodland, also forest borders; transitional forest apparently... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small fruits (especially of Melastomataceae) and insects, plucked or snatched in flight.


    Nest found in Mar in Venezuela. Male displays at “exploded” lek, within hearing distance of others, often accompanied by one other male,... read more


    Presumably resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Apparently uncommon, but very easily overlooked in forest understorey. Very local in occurrence throughout range; in Venezuela, for example, recorded... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. (2020). Fiery-capped Manakin (Machaeropterus pyrocephalus). 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 26 February 2020).