Family Manakins (Pipridae)

Least Concern

Yungas Manakin (Chiroxiphia boliviana)


French: Manakin des yungas German: Yungaspipra Spanish: Saltarín de las yungas

Chiroxiphia pareola boliviana

J. A. Allen

, 1889,

Apolo, La Paz, Bolivia


Formerly considered a race of C. pareola, but now recognized as distinct, a recent published diagnosis#R mentioning: red vs yellow (in nearest race C. p. regina) crown patch (3); darker (more reddish or purplish) leg colour (1); marginally duller blue mantle (1); smaller, slenderer bill (1); obviously longer tail (at least 1); longer tarsal feathering (ns); voice (which “clearly differs”) (at least 1); and elevational range (above 950 m vs below 450 m) (1). Monotypic.

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E slope of Andes from S Peru (S from Cuzco) S to SC Bolivia (S to Chuquisaca).

Descriptive notes

13 cm; male 16·4 g, female 17·9 g. Male has small black frontal crest, dark red crown patch, pale blue back and scapulars; rest of plumage black; outer three primaries... read more


Not well known; male advertising call a high-pitched “chereeo”, with variations.


Montane forest, at 650–2200 m.

Food and feeding

No details; presumably much as for C. pareola. Often visits fruiting trees at forest edge.


One nest with two eggs found in Nov 2009 in Manu National Park, Peru, was a small open cup placed 0∙9 m above ground in the bifurcate fork... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian East Andean Foothills EBA and Bolivian and Peruvian Lower Yungas EBA. Locally fairly... read more

Recommended citation

Snow, D. & de Juana, E. (2020). Yungas Manakin (Chiroxiphia boliviana). 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 19 February 2020).