Family Manakins (Pipridae)


Yellow-headed Manakin (Chloropipo flavicapilla)


French: Manakin à tête jaune German: Goldkappenpipra Spanish: Saltarín amarillo

Pipra flavicapilla

P. L. Sclater

, 1852,

Nouvelle-Grenade [= Colombia; presumably from Bogotá area]




Subtropical zone of Andes locally in Colombia (W range in Valle and Cauca, W slope of C range in Antioquia, Tolima and Huila, possibly also E slope in W Putumayo) and N & C Ecuador (E slope in Napo and Tungurahua).

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 15·3–19·5 g. Male has golden-yellow crown and nape, bright olive upperparts; face, throat and breast paler and yellower, belly pale yellow... read more


Not recorded; apparently generally silent.


Humid montane forest and mature secondary woodland; 1200–2400 m in Colombia, c. 1500–... read more

Food and feeding

Little information; diet mainly fruits, probably including those of the rubiaceous genus Palicourea. Occasionally observed in... read more


Very few published data, all of them from Colombia. Nest recently discovered at La Romera Reserve, Antioquia, in Jan; placed low down in... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian Inter-Andean Slopes EBA, Chocó EBA and Ecuador-Peru East Andes EBA. Poorly known and few recent records;... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Yellow-headed Manakin (Chloropipo flavicapilla). 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 16 February 2020).