Chiroxiphia pareola Brazilian name: Tangará-falso
The Blue-backed Manakin is distributed throughout much of the Amazonian Basin, in the Guianas and into western Venezuela. There is a disjunct population in eastern Brazil from Paraíba to Espírito Santo. They are generally found in humid forest and secondary woodland but can be quite hard to see.
The male is black with, in most races, a red crown patch and a light blue mantle. It has orange legs. However, the sub-species C. p. regina, which is distributed south of the Amazon and west of the Tapajós has a golden-yellow crown patch as can be seen in photos 2 and 3.
|The female is olive with a
faint pale eye-ring as can be seen in photos 7 and 8. Photo 5
shows a juvenile male bird with female plumage apart from the red
crown patch while photo 6 shows an older sub-adult male with
vestiges of olive still showing on its back.
The males perform a spectacular courtship dance involving cartwheeling over each other in front of a suitable female.
|There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase. There are excellent photos on the page in Wikiaves.|
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