Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Green Manakin (Cryptopipo holochlora)


French: Manakin vert German: Grünpipra Spanish: Saltarín verde

Chloropipo holochlora

P. L. Sclater

, 1888,

“Bogotá” = east slope of Andes in Bogotá area, Colombia


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. litae (which see). Race viridior perhaps indistinguishable from nominate#R. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. h. holochlora (P. L. Sclater, 1888) – E slope of Andes and adjacent lowlands from Colombia (S from Meta) S to C Peru (E Junín).
  • C. h. viridior (Chapman, 1924) – E slope of Andes in SE Peru (Cuzco, Puno).
  • Descriptive notes

    11·5–12·5 cm; 15–20 g. Nominate race is bright moss-green above, with an indistinct pale eyering, olive below, with pale yellow belly; iris dark... read more


    Generally silent; only a single harsh “arrrn”, apparently in aggression, and a high,... read more


    Humid and wet forest in lowlands and foothills; mainly hilly terra firme forest in E... read more

    Food and feeding

    No detailed information. Occasionally seen at fruiting trees, including those at forest borders; nevertheless, is perhaps more... read more


    In contrast with other manakins, in this sexually monomorphic species males do not form leks and do not engage in elaborate displays;... read more


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Little known. Apparently uncommon to locally fairly common, e.g. in SE Peru, but easily overlooked; in some areas quite often... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Green Manakin (Cryptopipo holochlora). 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).