|Araripe Manakin Antilophia
Brazilian name: Soldadinho-do-araripe
|Chapada do Araripe,
The Araripe Manakin is endemic to a very
small ribbon of forest at the foot of the Chapada do Araripe
escarpment. It seems particularly fond of the moist forest near
the streams and springs that flow out of the escarpment.
|A local NGO, Aquasis, is
actively involved in its conservation and they have produced a
Conservation Plan. Although this is in
Portuguese, it has excellent photos and maps and is worth
consulting even if you don't read Portuguese.
Despite its flamboyant appearance, it was described as recently as 1998. This is doubly strange since the top of the escarpment has been a well-visited birding area for many years. Locals had reported a red, white and black bird but this had been dismissed as a probable cardinal.
The male is similar to the Helmeted Manakin A. galeata but the latter is all black with the red crest, crown and mantle. The female, seen here in photos 5 and 6, is probably indistinguishable from the female Helmeted Manakin .
|Unlike many manakins, the
male does not display in a lek. His attraction to a female is his
exuberant plumage and his ability to defend a territory.
It feeds on small fruits and photo 3 shows it regurgitating a fruit seed.
|There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase. There is an excellent page on Wikiaves.|
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