Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Lance-tailed Manakin (Chiroxiphia lanceolata)


Taxonomy

French: Manakin lancéolé German: Lanzettschwanzpipra Spanish: Saltarín lanceolado
Taxonomy:

Pipra lanceolata

Wagler

, 1830,

“Guiana sive Cajenna”; error = Cerro Turumiquire, Sucre, Venezuela

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Has sometimes been treated as conspecific with C. linearis and C. pareola. Differs (in males) from former in its very short vs extremely long tail projections (unmeasured but clearly 4); longer rest of tail (effect size 3.94; score 2); duller black (vaguely shot matt blue) on face and underparts (1); narrower black frons (1); and somewhat scratchier-sounding song (1); and from latter in its very short vs non-existent tail projections (2); much less specialized outer primaries (2); duller blue-grey-black vs velvety black body plumage (2); narrower black frons (1); and seemingly very different voice#R (score at least 1). Monotypic.

What do (1) and (2) mean? Learn more about the scoring system.
Distribution:

Pacific coastal region of extreme SW Costa Rica and Panama (including Coiba I and Cébaco I), N Colombia along Caribbean coast (including around Santa Marta and Perijá Ranges), and N Venezuela N of R Orinoco (E, including Margarita I, to Paria Peninsula); also locally in middle Magdalena Valley in Colombia (Tolima, Cundinamarca).

Descriptive notes

Male 13·5 cm (including elongated tail feathers), 2 birds 15·1 g and 17·9 g; female 13 cm (including elongated tail feathers), 14·1–19·8 g. Male has short black frontal... read more

Voice

Male call, in duet with another male, a clear, musical “to-wit-doo”; during courtship dance... read more

Habitat

Woodland with thick lower growth, from dry to humid, including patches of thick scrub and second-... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruits from shrubs and small trees, plucked in flight; also insects.

Breeding

Aug–Sept in Panama. Male displays low down on slender horizontal stems, where joined by a subordinate male, the two alternately... read more

Movements

Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to locally common; common throughout N Venezuela. Relatively wide habitat tolerance should ensure its survival. Present... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2019). Lance-tailed Manakin (Chiroxiphia lanceolata). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57082 on 19 February 2019).