Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Orange-collared Manakin (Manacus aurantiacus)


French: Manakin à col orange German: Orangebandpipra Spanish: Saltarín cuellinaranja

Chiromachaeris aurantiaca


, 1870,

Mina de Chorcha and Bugaba, Chiriquí, Panama


See M. candei, from which it differs in characters given under that species. Differs from M. vitellinus in its smaller size (at least 1); (in males) orange vs yellow chin to breast, head sides and mantle (3); dirty yellow vs olive-green lower breast to vent (2); narrower, more olive-green area of black on back and tail (2); yellow vs black (i.e. no) shoulder patch (ns[2]); and (females) yellowish vs olive-yellow mid-belly to vent (ns[2]). Differs from M. manacus in its much smaller size (at least 2); (in males) orange vs white chin to breast, head sides and mantle (4); dirty yellow vs dirty white lower breast to vent (3); olive-green vs grey rump and uppertail-coverts (3); and (females) brighter olive-green breast and yellow belly vs dull olive-green-grey underparts (ns[2]). Monotypic.


Pacific lowlands and foothills of S Costa Rica (Gulf of Nicoya) to SW Panama (Azuero Peninsula).

Descriptive notes

9·5–10 cm; 15·5 g. Male has black cap, rest of head and forebody (to upper back and upper breast) orange to golden-orange, throat feathers elongated (... read more


Male call at lek a clear “cheeu”; loud wing-snaps during display.


Humid forest, neighbouring second-growth woodland and taller thickets, locally also shady... read more

Food and feeding

Small fruits and insects, seized in aerial sally. Regularly forages above army ants.


Egg-laying in Mar–Sept, mainly Mar–Jun, in S Costa Rica. Male displays at lek with others, each clearing a small “court... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common to fairly common. Has declined considerably in much of Panama as a result of deforestation; possibly still fairly numerous in parts of... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Orange-collared Manakin (Manacus aurantiacus). 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 24 February 2020).