Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Helmeted Manakin (Antilophia galeata)


French: Manakin casqué German: Helmpipra Spanish: Saltarín de yelmo

Pipra galeata

M. H. C. Lichtenstein

, 1823,

São Paulo, Brazil


Very close to A. bokermanni (which see). Occasional intergeneric hybrids recorded between present species and Chiroxiphia species (C. caudata, C. pareola; see under those species). Monotypic.


Tableland of C & S Brazil (S from C Maranhão, to S Mato Grosso, W Paraná and N São Paulo), just entering NE Bolivia (NE Santa Cruz) and NE Paraguay.

Descriptive notes

13·9–14·5 cm; male 18–26·5 g, female 18·8–26·2 g. Distinctively crested manakin with rather long and narrow tail. Male... read more


Male call a series of fast, rich musical notes with rollicking cadence, with many variations;... read more


Mainly gallery woodland in cerrado region, locally also in buriti palm (Mauritia... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit and insects, taken in aerial sallies. In a study in the Brazilian Cerrado fruits of 16 plants recorded, mostly Rubiaceae and... read more


Egg-laying in Aug–Dec, mainly Sept–Nov. Nest a shallow cup made from fine twigs, rootlets and leaves, with hanging leaves on... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common throughout range. Much suitable habitat remains within its extensive range, in most of which it is the only piprid species.... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & de Juana, E. (2020). Helmeted Manakin (Antilophia galeata). 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).