Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Yellow-crested Manakin (Heterocercus flavivertex)


French: Manakin à bandeau jaune German: Grauwangenpipra Spanish: Saltarín crestiamarillo
Other common names: Yellow-crowned Manakin

Heterocercus flavivertex


, 1868,

Marabitanas, Rio Negro, Brazil


Sometimes considered conspecific with H. aurantiivertex and H. linteatus, but differs from former in characters given under that species; and from latter in its yellow vs flame-red coronal patch (3); olive-green vs black rest of crown, face, ear-coverts and nape and olive-green vs blackish upper breast (3); slightly paler green upperparts (1); and song a thin rising whistle followed by an explosive short note and a falling thin whistle vs a thin rising whistle followed by three explosive notes (at least 4)#R. Status of form described as H. luteocephalus (“Golden-crested Manakin”) doubtful, known only from type (now lost or destroyed) from unknown locality, and probably of hybrid origin. Monotypic.

What do (1) and (2) mean? Learn more about the scoring system.

E Colombia, SW Venezuela (extreme SE Apure, Amazonas), and Brazil N of Amazon (R Negro drainage E to W Pará).

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 21 g. Distinctive and unusual manakin with graduated tail (outer rectrices shortest), silky long throat feathers, relatively long and narrow bill. Male has golden-... read more


Male advertising call a loud, whistled “weeee-pítch-ooo”, lasting c. 3 seconds,... read more


Seasonally flooded forest (várzea) and adjacent scrubby woodland, seasonally... read more

Food and feeding

Small fruits and insects. Apparently more insectivorous than typical manakins, this possibly associated with longer, narrower bill. Insects... read more


Breeds in Feb–May (relatively dry season N of Amazon) in Venezuela. Male defends display territory, performs various flight displays... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common in suitable habitat; occurs in Junglaven Camp, in Venezuela. The only detailed study suggests rather low level of... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. (2019). Yellow-crested Manakin (Heterocercus flavivertex). 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 15 December 2019).