Golden-headed Manakin Males (Ceratopipra erythrocephala)
Asa Wright Nature Centre, Trinidad
June 18, 2012
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.
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