Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

White-fronted Manakin (Lepidothrix serena)


French: Manakin à front blanc German: Weißstirnpipra Spanish: Saltarín frentiblanco

[Pipra] serena


, 1766,

Crique Ipoucin, River Approuague, French Guiana


Formerly treated as conspecific with L. suavissima (which see). Monotypic.


Extreme SE Guyana (recorded also in SW#R), Suriname, French Guiana, and N Brazil N of Amazon (lower R Negro E to Amapá).

Descriptive notes

9 cm; male average 10·7 g, female 11 g. Male is black with contrasting white forecrown, bright azure-blue lower rump and uppertail-coverts, orange-yellow patch on breast,... read more


Male call a soft, throaty, rolling “whree”, given in long series; soft, descending “puurr” during... read more


Humid forest and forest edge; to 500 m.

Food and feeding

Small fruits and insects. Fruits mainly small berries of Melastomataceae, with Rubiaceae next in importance. Items taken 1–6 m above... read more


Egg-laying from Oct/Nov (beginning of rainy season) probably to Apr in French Guiana; single record of laying in Feb in Surinam. Male... read more


Resident. In radio-tracking study in French Guiana, adults largely sedentary when breeding, moving... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. Very common throughout forested massif of interior French Guiana; during breeding season in latter country, home ranges of two adult... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2020). White-fronted Manakin (Lepidothrix serena). 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 22 February 2020).