Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Snow-capped Manakin (Lepidothrix nattereri)


French: Manakin neigeux German: Weißbürzelpipra Spanish: Saltarín coronialbo

Pipra nattereri

P. L. Sclater

, 1865,

Borba, Rio Madeira, Brazil


Probably a close relative of L. vilasboasi and L. iris. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. n. nattereri (P. L. Sclater, 1865) – C Brazil S of middle Amazon (from R Madeira S to Calama, E to R Tapajós and its affluents).
  • L. n. gracilis (Hellmayr, 1903) – SC Brazil from upper R Madeira (S of Calama) E to C Mato Grosso (E to upper R Xingu drainage), S to extreme NE Bolivia (NE Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    Male 8·5 cm, 8 g; female 9·2 cm, 8·8 g. Male is green above, with contrasting white cap and white lower back to uppertail-coverts; flight-feathers and tail blackish with... read more


    Male call a soft, short “chí-wrrr”, very like call of L. coronata; more piercing call, a... read more


    Humid forest, mainly terra firme; to c. 500 m.

    Food and feeding

    Small insects and a spider recorded in stomach contents; probably also takes small fruits.


    A nest found in Dec 2008 contained two eggs; the nest was in a small sapling 50 cm above the ground, and was a neatly woven cup slung... read more


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common to uncommon. Poorly known species; known to occur in Amazônia (Tapajós) National Park, in Brazil, and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. & de Juana, E. (2019). Snow-capped Manakin (Lepidothrix nattereri). 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 15 December 2019).