Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Orange-bellied Manakin (Lepidothrix suavissima)


French: Manakin à ventre orange German: Orangebauchpipra Spanish: Saltarín ventrinaranja

Pipra suavissima

Salvin and Godman

, 1882,

Merume Mountains and Bartica, Guyana


Until fairly recently treated as conspecific with L. serena, but differs markedly in voice and in syringeal anatomy, as well as in male plumage characters. Monotypic.


Montane zone of S & SE Venezuela, NC Guyana, and adjacent extreme N Brazil.

Descriptive notes

9 cm; 1 male 8·5 g. Male is black with contrasting white forecrown, bright azure-blue lower rump and uppertail-coverts, yellow-orange belly; iris dark brown; bill black; legs... read more


Male call a sharp, nasal, upward-inflected “aank”; also a rapid, emphatic, piping series of 7... read more


Montane forest and forest borders; 500–1800 m, locally down to 250 m.

Food and feeding

Small fruits and insects, snatched in hovering flight.


Not recorded. Male displays solitarily, or occasionally at “exploded” lek, executes bursts of rapid flight manoeuvres from low slender... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tepuis EBA. Locally common to fairly common; easily overlooked. Montane forest in much of its range is extensive... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Orange-bellied Manakin (Lepidothrix suavissima). 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 19 February 2020).