White-bearded Manakin Male (Manacus manacus)
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, during which we spent several days at Asa Wright. We saw at least three species of manakin on that trip.
These birds live in tropical forests of South America (from Columbia, Venezuela, and Trinidad south to southern Peru and Brazil). They are plump birds just over four inches long. This one is a male. Females are mostly olive green, but can be distinguished from other species of manakin (like the Blue-backed Manakins, for example) by the same red feet the males have.
When time to breed, the males get involved in lekking behaviors, wherein they gather at display sites on the forest floor. There they puff out their neck feathers and make loud snapping noises with their wings.
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. Flash was used. Camera was on f/8 for 1/250 sec at ISO 1000.
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