Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Tiny Tyrant-manakin (Tyranneutes virescens)


French: Manakin minuscule German: Guayanazwergpipra Spanish: Saltarín diminuto

Pipra virescens


, 1868,

Manaus, Brazil


Closely related to T. stolzmanni (above); ranges of the two approach each other closely, being separated by R Branco, lower R Negro and R Amazon. Monotypic.


E Venezuela (NE & SE Bolívar), the Guianas and NE Amazonian Brazil (from R Branco and lower R Negro E to Amapá).

Descriptive notes

7–8 cm; 6–8·5 g. Tiny, drab manakin with very short tail, dark eyes. Male has yellow crown patch (largely concealed); rest of head and upperparts dull olive,... read more


Male advertising call “whippy-jebree”, repeated at intervals of 3–6 seconds.


Humid forest, mainly terra firme, including on sandy soils; to c. 500 m.

Food and feeding

Mainly small fruits, but also some insects, including lepidopteran larvae. Forages in lower and middle strata. Techniques include at least... read more


Not recorded. Male display includes slow floating flights with rapid wingbeats between low perches, also sideways peering while perched;... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common or common, but very easily overlooked. Occurs in Imataca Forest Reserve and El Dorado, in Venezuela; reasonably... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). Tiny Tyrant-manakin (Tyranneutes virescens). 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 20 February 2020).