Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Wire-tailed Manakin (Pipra filicauda)


French: Manakin filifère German: Fadenpipra Spanish: Saltarín Uirapuru

Pipra filicauda


, 1825,

São Paulo de Olivença, River Solimões, west Amazonas, Brazil


Long placed in monospecific Teleonema on basis of highly modified tail feathers, but genetic data#R support inclusion in present genus. Forms a species-group with P. aureola and P. fasciicauda, the three replacing one another geographically. “P. heterocerca” is a hybrid between present species and P. aureola. Races intergrade around Colombia–Ecuador border, in addition to which individual variation apparently quite widespread; species perhaps better treated as monotypic#R. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. f. subpallida (Todd, 1928) – E Colombia (E of Andes) and NW Venezuela (E, on both sides of Andes, to Miranda).
  • P. f. filicauda Spix, 1825 – S Venezuela (S & W Amazonas), NW & C Brazil (E to R Branco and mouth of R Negro, S to headwaters of R Juruá and middle R Purus), E Ecuador and NE Peru (S to middle R Ucayali).
  • Descriptive notes

    11·5 cm, exclusive of tail filaments (which c. 4 cm long on male, 2·5 cm on female); mean 13·9 g. Male has yellow forecrown, face and underparts, bright... read more


    Male advertisement call a downward-inflected “eeew”. Two wing noises in courtship: a... read more


    Gallery forest, second growth, and lighter open woodlands, including cocoa plantations in Venezuela... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small fruits and insects. Food items plucked or snatched in flight.


    Nesting in progress in May–Jun in N Venezuela. Male performs complex lek display with others, with co-ordinated alternating display-... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common in suitable habitat. Despite fairly wide habitat tolerance, is patchily distributed in N Venezuela, but occurs there... read more

    Recommended citation

    Snow, D. (2020). Wire-tailed Manakin (Pipra filicauda). 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 26 February 2020).