Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Golden-headed Manakin (Ceratopipra erythrocephala)


French: Manakin à tête d’or German: Gelbkopfpipra Spanish: Saltarín cabecidorado

[Parus] erythrocephalus


, 1758,



See C. mentalis. Has been considered conspecific with C. rubrocapilla, but the two occur sympatrically in NE Peru (along R Ucayali and lower R Huallaga). Birds from E Colombia sometimes separated as race flammiceps, but appear indistinguishable from berlepschi. Form “Manacus coronatus”, from “Upper Amazon”, regarded as a hybrid between present species and Manacus manacus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. e. erythrocephala (Linnaeus, 1758) – E Panama, NW, NC & NE Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad, the Guianas, and N Brazil (N of middle and lower Amazon).
  • C. e. berlepschi (Ridgway, 1906) – S & E Colombia, E Ecuador, NC & NE Peru, and NW Brazil (N of upper Amazon).
  • Descriptive notes

    8–9 cm; male average 12·8g (Trinidad), 11·1 g (Surinam) and 11·8 g (French Guiana), female average 14·1 g (Trinidad), 12·5 g (Surinam... read more


    Main call of male on display-perch 3–4 syllables, a clear note followed by trill, ending in... read more


    Forest and secondary woodland, both humid and partly deciduous; mostly low to middle altitudes,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small fruits and arthropods. In 4-year study in small area of forest in Trinidad, fruits of 43 plant species recorded as taken, by far the... read more


    Egg-laying in Jan–Aug, mostly Mar–Jul (end of dry season and beginning of wet season), in Trinidad; from Nov (at start of rains... read more


    Resident. In radio-tracking study in French Guiana, adults sedentary when breeding, moving over... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common generally; in many areas one of the most abundant of all forest bird species. In 100-ha Trinidad study area, total of 625... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. (2020). Golden-headed Manakin (Ceratopipra erythrocephala). 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 20 February 2020).