Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Red-capped Manakin (Ceratopipra mentalis)


French: Manakin à cuisses jaunes German: Gelbhosenpipra Spanish: Saltarín cabecirrojo norteño

Pipra mentalis

P. L. Sclater

, 1857,

Córdoba, Veracruz, Mexico


Genetic data#R indicate sister relationship to C. erythrocephala, these two being sister to the pair C. rubrocapilla and C. chloromeros. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. m. mentalis (P. L. Sclater, 1857) – from SE Mexico (S Veracruz) S, on Caribbean slope, to E Costa Rica.
  • C. m. ignifera (Bangs, 1901) – tropical W Costa Rica and Panama, mainly on Caribbean side.
  • C. m. minor (E. J. O. Hartert, 1898) – W Colombia and W Ecuador.
  • Descriptive notes

    10 cm; 12·5–18·5 g. Male has red head from forehead and malar area to hindneck, creamy yellow thighs; rest of plumage mostly black; secondaries enlarged,... read more


    Main call of male a short, explosive “psip”, often preceded by high, thin “p... read more


    Humid forest and mature secondary woodland, mostly below 500 m; to 750 m in Mexico.

    Food and feeding

    Chiefly small fruits and insects, taken in rapid aerial sally. Sometimes joins mixed-species parties following army ants.


    Eggs laid in Mar–Jun in Costa Rica, Feb–Jul in Panama. Male has complex lek display with others, posture and movements highly... read more


    Generally sedentary. In Costa Rica, probably some regular movement to lower altitudes in non-... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common where lowland forest remains; often rather local in occurrence. Numbers in W Ecuador have declined severely as a result of... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. (2020). Red-capped Manakin (Ceratopipra mentalis). 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 23 February 2020).