Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Pale-bellied Tyrant-manakin (Neopelma pallescens)


French: Manakin à ventre blanc German: Rahmbauchpipra Spanish: Saltarín ventriblanco

Tyrannula pallescens


, 1853,

Bahia, Brazil


Part of a complex that includes N. chrysocephalum, N. sulphureiventer, N. aurifrons and N. chrysolophum. Differs from the first three in characters given under those species, and from N. chrysolophum by its stronger white streaks on throat (1); greyer breast (1); whitish-grey vs pale yellow belly to vent (2); much larger size in bill, wing and tail (small sample for chrysolophum but for wing allow 3); and soft low nasal wraah wra-wra vs chip, chip, dree-zee-zee, zew (4)#R. Monotypic.

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S Guyana#R, S Suriname#R, E, C & S Brazil (on both sides of lower Amazon and lower R Tapajós, from Maranhão SW to S Mato Grosso, and from Rio Grande do Norte S to W São Paulo) and extreme NE Bolivia (Serranía de Huanchaca, in NE Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 16–20·5 g. Dull, rather tyrannid-like manakin with relatively long bill and tail. Has large bright yellow median crown patch, accentuated by dusky lateral... read more


Male advertising call a soft, low, nasal “wraah, wra-wra”.


Deciduous woodland and gallery woodland, often in areas where heavy growth of vines present; to 700... read more

Food and feeding

Diet apparently predominantly insects, as contents of four stomachs consisted entirely of insect remains; fruits of melastomes (of genus... read more


Carrying of nest material observed in early Nov in E Brazil (S Ceará). Male displays solitarily from low branch; from time to time... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not well known. Appears to be uncommon and local, but is inconspicuous and easily overlooked; true extent of range perhaps incompletely known. Occurs... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Pale-bellied Tyrant-manakin (Neopelma pallescens). 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 25 February 2020).