Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Golden-Collared Manakin

One of the more fun and bizarre birds we encountered in Colombia was the golden-collared manakin. Our guide took us to an area not too far away from our lodging which was a lek, an area where males perform displays to attract females. There the male strikes his wrists together over his back and produces a loud snapping sound, like someone snapping his fingers, but about ten times louder. We did not see any birds doing this behavior but could hear the snapping sounds from some distance away. 

This manakin has a limited range, northwestern Colombia and a small portion of Panama. 
Golden-collared manakin range - from Wikipedia.
The male is very distinctive, with black covering the crown and to the black bill and just over the black eyes. This is all surrounded by the name-sake golden-collar which goes from the chin down the throat, over the shoulder and connects at the back of the neck. The back, tail and wings are jet black and the lowerparts and rear are a forest green streaked with some yellow. The feet and legs are red-orange. The female, which we did not see, is all forest green with the red-orange feet and legs. 

At times it looks like a stiff-neck penguin and at others like a roly-poly fat quail.  

1 comment:

  1. Wow, these are really amazing pictures. Great definition of the feathers. I heard the wing-clapping, but I don't think I got a good look at the bird, so your pictures are really fun.