Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Golden-winged Manakin (Masius chrysopterus)


French: Manakin à ailes d’or German: Goldschwingenpipra Spanish: Saltarín alidorado

Pipra chrysoptera


, 1843,

Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia


Subspecific differences apparent only in males, and at least some of the claimed variation may be individual, rather than geographical; review needed. Five subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. c. bellus E. J. O. Hartert & Hellmayr, 1903 – W Colombia on W side of W Andes E to W side of C range.
  • M. c. chrysopterus (Lafresnaye, 1843) – both sides of Andes in NW Venezuela and both slopes of E Andes (S to Boyacá) and E slope of C Andes in Colombia.
  • M. c. coronulatus P. L. Sclater, 1860 – W side of W Andes in SW Colombia (S from Cauca) and W Ecuador (S to Loja).
  • M. c. pax Meyer de Schauensee, 1952 – E side of E Andes in C Colombia (S from Cundinamarca) and Ecuador (S to N Zamora-Chinchipe).
  • M. c. peruvianus Carriker, 1934 – extreme S Ecuador (S Zamora-Chinchipe) and N Peru (Cajamarca, N San Martín).
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm; male 9–12·5 g, 2 females 12 g and 13·5 g. Male distinctive, feathers of forecrown projecting forwards, those of hindcrown and nape lying flat (scale-like),... read more


    Male advertising call a low, nasal, frog-like “nurrt”; during display a high,... read more


    Wet montane forest and forest borders in subtropical zone and foothills; mainly 1000–2300 m,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small fruits and insects, taken in short flight sallies. Main food plants at two sites in Ecuador were four species of Miconia (... read more


    Record of egg-laying in Jun in Colombia; eggs in Mar–Apr in Ecuador. Male display centred on log on forest floor, with stereotyped... read more


    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Inconspicuous and easily overlooked, so possibly more numerous than it appears to be. Known to occur in several... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. & de Juana, E. (2020). Golden-winged Manakin (Masius chrysopterus). 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 25 February 2020).