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Photo © by Ciro Albano
Boa Nova, state of Bahia, north-eastern Brazil, November, 2009
Ilicura militaris


12.5cm. A distinctive Manakin.


  • Red patch on forehead
  • Red lower back to uppertail-coverts
  • Black rest of upperparts including most of wings (rest of wings olive)
  • Black tail with central feather pair elongated and pointed
  • Pale greyish rear part of head, paler underparts
  • Some blackish streaks on flanks
Photo © by Luiz
Serrinha do Alambari, Resende, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 2008


  • Olive upperparts
  • Grey face and throat
  • Light greyish-olive underparts

Juveniles resemble females.


South America: found only in south-eastern Brazil (Espírito Santo to Paraná and eastern Santa Catarina).
Uncommon to locally fairly common.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Atlantic forest.
Occurs up to 1200m.



Feeds on small fruits and insects. Plucks or snatches food in aerial sally.
Regularly accompanies mixed-species flocks.


Little information about breeding. Breeding season probably November to February. The male dispalys solitarily in a small arena. The nest is a shallow basket, placed 4m above the ground.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2004. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 9: Cotingas to Pipits and Wagtails. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334696

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