Golden-headed Manakin Males (Ceratopipra erythrocephala)

Asa Wright Nature Centre, Trinidad

June 18, 2012

Golden-headed Manakin

Nancy took this image while on a trip led by Brian Rapoza for the Tropical Audubon Society to Trinidad and Tobago.

This is a fairly common little bird (3.7" long, 0.44 ounces). They can be found in both wet and dry tropical forests, secondary growth, and plantations below 3,600 feet in elevation, from Panama south to the Amazon River (including Trinidad).

Females and young males resemble female White-bearded Manakins (and similar species), but have the same pink legs as their male Golden-headed Manakins. Like other manakins, males gather in communal leks and give a fascinating courtship display. Golden-headed Manakins include a "moonwalk". Consistent with our discussion of the influence of flamboyance on parenting in the Afterward of Why You Haven’t Seen Any Painted Buntings, it is the female alone that builds a shallow nest low in a tree, lays two eggs, incubates them for 16 or 17 days, and raises the chicks.

Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens and EF 1.4x II extender set at 560mm. Off-camera flash was used. Camera was on f/9.5 for 1/250 second at ISO 1000. Exposure was decreased one stop in post-processing.

To order a print of this image, hit the button to the left. Before you do, you may want to check the maximum size estimates below.

Print details: maximum size Medium Printed Estimated
  Fine Art Paper N/A 91/2" x 14"
  Canvas N/A 15" x 221/2"

Currently In Stock

Since this is not part of our regular fine art collection, we do not generally keep these in stock, and presently have none immediately available. As a special order, we can print to your specifications any size within the above limits to the nearest 1/16" with any mat and moulding combinations. To order, hit the above "Order Now" button and fill in as much information as is appropriate.