Family Manakins (Pipridae)


Wied's Tyrant-manakin (Neopelma aurifrons)


French: Manakin tyran German: Grünscheitelpipra Spanish: Saltarín de Wied

Muscicapa aurifrons


, 1831,

Camamú, south Bahia, Brazil


Part of a complex that includes N. chrysocephalum, N. sulphureiventer, N. pallescens and N. chrysolophum. Differs from N. chrysolophum, with which it was considered conspecific until recently, in characters given under that species; from N. pallescens, with which it is apparently sympatric in several places, by its much smaller size with shorter bill, wing and tail (small sample but for tail at least 2); much brighter yellow belly (2); much more olive, less grey breast and flanks (2); and song a soft low nasal wraah wra-wra instead of a four-syllabled kiu-ki-chru-chrri#R (4); from N. chrysocephalum by its much narrower, shorter coronal patch (2); paler head sides (1); paler upperparts (1); and four-syllabled kiu-ki-chru-chrri advertisement call vs nasal, twangy jewee-jewEE-JEWEE-Jewee-jewee#R (4); and from N. sulphureiventer by its narrower, shorter coronal patch (1); slightly stronger yellow belly (1); smaller size with shorter bill and wing (small sample but allow 2); and four-syllabled kiu-ki-chru-chrri advertisement call vs nasal wraanh-wraanh#R (4). Name inornatum is a synonym. Monotypic.

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Patchily in coastal E Brazil from S Bahia S to E Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo and (at least formerly) Rio de Janeiro.

Descriptive notes

13 cm. Dull, rather tyrannid-like manakin with relatively long bill and tail. Has rather small yellow to orange-yellow median crownstripe (absent or vestigial in a minority... read more


Male advertising call a simple 4-note phrase, repeated at regular intervals, shorter and simpler... read more


Undisturbed or lightly disturbed forest, generally in interior parts, but sometimes foraging near... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily small fruits, also insects; one individual seen to take a stick-insect (Phasmida). Items plucked or snatched from foliage, mostly... read more


Male sings from thin horizontal branch in shaded open area of understorey, generally 3·5–7 m above ground. Nest-site possibly... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Rare, and recorded from few sites; very few records since 1990. Recorded historically in Bahia at six sites, but not since 1990, in Chapada Diamantina National... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Wied's Tyrant-manakin (Neopelma aurifrons). 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).