Family Manakins (Pipridae)


Golden-crowned Manakin (Lepidothrix vilasboasi)


French: Manakin doré German: Gelbscheitelpipra Spanish: Saltarín coronidorado

Pipra vilasboasi


, 1959,

headwaters of River Cururu-ri, south-west Pará, Brazil


Probably a close relative of L. nattereri and L. iris. Previously thought perhaps a hybrid of those two (which replace it, respectively, to W and E), but distinctive plumage characters, coupled with its recent rediscovery c. 200 km NE of type locality, leave little doubt that it is a distinct species. Proposed taxon L. obscura based on two specimens, now believed probably to be female and immature male of present species. Monotypic.


SW Pará (upper R Cururu-ri and R Jamunxim), in C Brazil.

Descriptive notes

8·5 cm. Male has glittering greenish-gold crown and nape, yellow-green lower back to uppertail-coverts; rest of head and upperparts green, flight-feathers and tail... read more


Male call a burry “prreee”, sometimes in series.


Humid forest; c. 200 m.

Food and feeding

Small fruits and insects.


Not recorded.


No information.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Endemic to the Pará Centre of Endemism. Recorded at only a handful of sites. Until recently known only from type locality, on upper R Cururu-ri (a... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Golden-crowned Manakin (Lepidothrix vilasboasi). 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 22 February 2020).