Crimson-hooded Manakin Pipra aureola
Male Crimson-hooded Manakin, Joanes, Ilha de Marajó, Pará, Brazil, November 2005 - click for larger image Joanes, Ilha de Marajó, Pará, Brazil
November 2005

The Crimson-hooded Manakin is distributed in Venezuela, the Guianas and along the middle and lower Amazon in Brazil. It is found in várzea forest along rivers and waterways and mangroves along the coast.

I was particularly pleased to photograph this stunning male as initially I had decided not to risk my camera equipment by clambering up a steep, muddy slope. However, the tide came in rapidly and I was able to join my companions who were enjoying these excellent views.

There are several sub-species each with varying degrees of yellow on the face and throat. From its geographic location this should be P. a. aureola. However this bird looks very different from the HBW illustration of P. a. aureola. From the description of its appearance I think it sounds more like P. a. aurantiicollis.

Male Crimson-hooded Manakin, Joanes, Ilha de Marajó, Pará, Brazil, November 2005 - click for larger image The female seen in photos 5 and 6 is totally different but with its white eye could only be confused with a female Band-tailed Manakin P. fasciicauda which does not occur in the same areas.
Male Crimson-hooded Manakin, Joanes, Ilha de Marajó, Pará, Brazil, November 2005 - click for larger image
Male Crimson-hooded Manakin, Joanes, Ilha de Marajó, Pará, Brazil, November 2005 - click for larger image
Female Crimson-hooded Manakin, Joanes, Ilha de Marajó, Pará, Brazil, November 2005 - click for larger image
Female Crimson-hooded Manakin, Joanes, Ilha de Marajó, Pará, Brazil, November 2005 - click for larger image
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