Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Western Striped Manakin (Machaeropterus striolatus)


French: Manakin strié German: Rotbrustpipra Spanish: Saltarín rayado occidental

Pipra striolata


, 1838,

lower Rio Javari, west Brazil


Sometimes treated as conspecific with M. regulus, but differs in its much broader pale purplish stripes on underparts of males (3), whitish vs pinkish-white throat (1), lack of paler green panel in closed wing (1), and entirely different song, consisting of 1 vs 2 notes (3), with all comparable elements lower-pitched (3), and total length shorter (ns[2])#R. Race obscurostriatus appears to be notably different from other taxa, lacking either red or yellow staining on upper breast, and with stripes of male more rufous in colour, female with dull olive throat and upper breast, and both sexes with orange vs red or brown irides and greyish-olive vs flesh-coloured legs; confirmation of these differences required, along with recordings of its vocalizations. Population discovered in N Peru resembles aureopectus but sings very differently (scoring 6–7 against present species and M. regulus#R); awaits description, and seems inevitably to represent a full species#R. Five subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. s. zulianus Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1952 – NW Venezuela (Zulia, and NW Barinas S to Táchira).
  • M. s. obscurostriatus Phelps, Sr & Gilliard, 1941 – W Trujillo and W Mérida, in NW Venezuela.
  • M. s. antioquiae Chapman, 1924 – W & C Colombia (Caribbean region and Cauca and Magdalena Valleys).
  • M. s. striolatus (Bonaparte, 1838) – E Colombia, E Ecuador, NE Peru (S to N Ucayali) and adjacent W Brazil (E to region of R Urucu, in C Amazonas).
  • M. s. aureopectus Phelps, Sr & Gilliard, 1941 – SE Venezuela (Amazonas, Bolívar), adjacent N Brazil and W Guyana#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    9–9·5 cm; 9·4 g. Male nominate race is olive above, with red cap and nape; secondaries stiffened and enlarged, with white tips; tail also stiffened, with... read more


    Male advertising call evidently geographically variable, in Venezuela a soft, sharply enunciated... read more


    Inhabits humid forest and mature secondary woodland, occasionally venturing out to forest borders.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small fruits and insects, taken in rapid aerial sallies.


    No information on season or nest. Male displays at small “exploded” lek, probably within hearing distance of others; when... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon to locally fairly common. Fairly common but very local in Venezuela, rare in Guyana; very local in Colombia; uncommon to fairly... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. (2020). Western Striped Manakin (Machaeropterus striolatus). 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).