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Male on left, female on right
Photo by Steve G
Main ridge reserve, Tobago, July 2006
Chiroxiphia pareola



  • Bright blue back
  • Red crown
  • Rest of plumage black
  • Pale orange legs
Immature Male
Photo by Dave B Smith
Main Ridge, Tobago, April 2010


  • Olive-green upperparts
  • Paler olive underparts


Caribbean and South America
Caribbean: Tobago
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil


Has been considered conspecific with Yungas Manakin in the past.


There are 4 subspecies:

  • C. p. atlantica: bigger and brighter than those on the mainland
  • C. p. napensis:
  • C. p. pareola:
  • C. p. regina:
  • Tropical north-eastern Peru (south of River Amazon) and western Amazonian Brazil


Rainforests and secondary woodland.



Males gather in display leks to attract females and, like most manakins, it has a spectacular courtship display consisting of several males cartwheeling over each other in front of a suitable female.

The female is entirely responsible for building the twig nest and the rearing of the young. The clutch consists of 2 white eggs with brown mottling which are incubated for 20 days.


The diet includes figs, small fruits and insects.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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