Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Scarlet-horned Manakin (Ceratopipra cornuta)


French: Manakin à cornes rouges German: Rotschopfpipra Spanish: Saltarín copetón

Pipra cornuta


, 1825,

“in sylvis flum. Amazonum”; error = Mount Roraima, Venezuela




Mountains of S Venezuela and adjacent W Guyana (E to Merume and Potaro Plateau) and extreme N Brazil (upper R Branco).

Descriptive notes

12·5 cm; 4 adult males average 23·5 g. The largest Pipra species, with longer tail than congeners. Male has entire head, including chin and throat, red... read more


Main advertisement call of male an abrupt trisyllabic “wrrt pit-arrk”, lasting c. 1 second; less... read more


Humid forest and well-grown secondary woodland in highlands, at 500–1800 m.

Food and feeding

Little information; fruits of Melastomataceae recorded as eaten. Fruits taken in sallying and hovering flights.


A nest photographed in Jul 2016 was a small open cup suspended in horizontal fork, containing two nestlings fed by female. Male has... read more


Resident; almost certainly sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Tepuis EBA. Locally fairly common to common. Much suitable habitat remains within its range, and... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Scarlet-horned Manakin (Ceratopipra cornuta). 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 26 February 2020).