Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Long-tailed Manakin (Chiroxiphia linearis)


French: Manakin fastueux German: Langschwanzpipra Spanish: Saltarín colilargo

Pipra linearis


, 1838,

Santa Efigenia, Oaxaca, Mexico


Has sometimes been treated as conspecific with C. lanceolata (which see) and C. pareola. Birds in S of range (El Salvador S to NW Costa Rica) previously separated as race fastuosa, but recent morphological study (plumage, biometrics)#R indicates that the two populations are barely differentiated. Treated as monotypic.


Tropical zone of Pacific coast from S Mexico (extreme E Oaxaca, Chiapas) and Guatemala S to NW Costa Rica.

Descriptive notes

11·5 cm, excluding tail extensions 10–15 cm in male, 2–3 cm in female; male 16·8 g, female 19·1 g. Male has short black frontal crest, red... read more


Male call, given in duet with another male, a pure, musical “to-lay-do” or “te... read more


Dry forest and humid forest with abundant undergrowth, also gallery woodland, borders of mangrove... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruits of trees and shrubs, also insects. Food items plucked or snatched in aerial sallies.


Egg-laying in Mar–Aug in Costa Rica. Male displays low down on slender horizontal stems, where joined by one or two subordinate males... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to fairly common; locally abundant in Costa Rica, where present in Carara Biological Reserve. Relatively wide habitat... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2019). Long-tailed Manakin (Chiroxiphia linearis). 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 13 December 2019).