Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Red-headed Manakin (Ceratopipra rubrocapilla)


French: Manakin à tête rouge German: Rotkopfpipra Spanish: Saltarín cabecirrojo sureño

Pipra rubro-capilla


, 1821,

Bahia, Brazil


Genetic data#R suggest sister relationship with C. chloromeros, the two being sister to the pair C. mentalis and C. erythrocephala (which see). Monotypic.


E Peru, N Bolivia, and Brazil S of Amazon (E to N Maranhão, S to Rondônia and SC Mato Grosso, also disjunct coastal population from Pernambuco S to Rio de Janeiro).

Descriptive notes

10 cm; male 10·9–13·8 g, female 12·7–16·6 g. Male has red head from forehead and malar area to hindneck, red thighs; rest of plumage... read more


Main call of male “drree-dit, dree-dee-dew”, with variations; other calls include sharp... read more


Humid lowland forest and secondary woodland; to 500 m.

Food and feeding

Small fruits and insects, plucked or snatched in flight.


Eggs laid in Sept–Apr in N Brazil (Belém area). Male has complex lek display with others, posture and movements highly... read more


No information; almost certainly sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common in most of range. Isolated E Brazilian population much reduced by extensive destruction of lowland forest; occurs in Pedra... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2019). Red-headed Manakin (Ceratopipra rubrocapilla). 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 14 December 2019).