Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Saffron-crested Tyrant-manakin (Neopelma chrysocephalum)


French: Manakin à panache doré German: Goldscheitelpipra Spanish: Saltarín coronigualdo

Heteropelma chrysocephalum


, 1868,

San Carlos, Río Negro, Venezuela


Part of a complex that includes N. sulphureiventer, N. pallescens, N. aurifrons and N. chrysolophum. Differs from N. aurifrons in characters given under those species, from N. sulphureiventer by its stronger flame-tinged coronal patch (1); stronger yellow belly (1); slightly smaller size in bill and wing, more notably in tail (effect size for males –3.55, score 2); and nasal, twangy jewee-jewEE-JEWEE-Jewee-jewee vs nasal wraanh-wraanh (4)#R; from N. pallescens by its stronger flame-tinged coronal patch (1); stronger yellow belly (2); smaller size in bill, wing and particularly tail (effect size for males –6.49, score 3); and nasal, twangy jewee-jewEE-JEWEE-Jewee-jewee vs soft low nasal wraah wra-wra (4)#R; and from N. chrysolophum by its paler throat (1); brighter yellow belly (1); slightly darker crown sides (1); longer wing (small sample for chrysolophum but allow 2); shorter tail (small sample but allow 2); nasal, twangy jewee-jewEE-JEWEE-Jewee-jewee vs chip, chip, dree-zee-zee, zew (3)#R. Monotypic.

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Extreme E Colombia (Vaupés), S Venezuela, the Guianas and N Brazil (mainly R Negro drainage and extreme N Amapá); also NE Peru (SW of Iquitos).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; male 14·4–16·3 g. Dull, rather tyrannid-like manakin with relatively long bill and tail. Has rich golden-yellow median crownstripe (partly concealed) extending... read more


Male advertising call a nasal, twanging “wrraaaaang, wrang-wrang-wrang”, of variable length, also a... read more


Woodland, including scrubby woodland, and forest in savanna areas, especially in places with thin-... read more

Food and feeding

Small fruits and insects, latter including hymenopterans and small beetles (Coleoptera). Fruits taken by hover-gleaning; insects snatched... read more


Male with greatly enlarged gonads in mid-May in Peru. Male displays solitarily, well away from but probably within hearing distance of one... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon; locally numerous in areas of suitable habitat. Common in limited range in Peru, where only recently discovered. Rather... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2019). Saffron-crested Tyrant-manakin (Neopelma chrysocephalum). 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 5 December 2019).