Look At The Blue Capped Manakin, A Bird Who’ll Definitely Steal Your Heart

Blue Capped Manakin

Whether you’re a bird lover or not, some birds are so alluring to remain unforgettable for entire lifetimes. Am I right? So, get yourself introduced to such a bird that you’d love to see and remember for your whole life. The Blue Capped Manakin is also called Blue Crowned Manakin. These tiny birds are binomially named Lepidothrix Coronata and belong to the Pipridae family.

Males of this species have deep black plumage with slight green tinges and a bright blue cap or brown on their heads, while females are mostly green. However, males of some other subspecies have bright green plumage with black or blue crowns. 

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The Blue Capped Manakins are mostly found in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, and Venezuela. Usually, they are spotted above sea level at an altitude of about 1400 meters.

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Surprisingly, there have been six subspecies recognized of the Blue Capped Manakin. Their physical appearance varies genetically based on geographic location. 

Read some more information available about the Blue-Capped Manakin, throughout this article.

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Blue Capped Manakin shows sexual dimorphism. 

Males of Blue Capped Manakin are sooty black with brilliant blue crowns while female birds are green. 

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Juveniles have similar plumage as females but they are duller in color. 

They make contact calls with a sweet sound. 

The Blue Capped Manakins are frugivores and include fruits from flowering and fig plants. 

Most often they eat fruits from Melastomataceae, Moraceae, Bromeliaceae, and Araceae. While foraging or in flocks, their preferred food is arthropods including ants, flies, and other small insects.

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Both males and females of Blue Capped Manakins forage in mixed flocks. 

Courtship Display!

Male Blue Capped Manakins are known to display alone or in a group of up to seven males. When it comes to displaying courts, they are 3 to 5 meters in diameter and are located close to the ground.

 

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The breeding season of the Blue Capped Manakins coincides with the dry season from late November to early April.

They make simple open-cups like nests with dry palms or leaves and bark externally. 

The Blue Capped Mankins choose small shrubs and treelets to place their nests. Spider webs are also used to secure the nest to the tree, and the internal lining of the nest is pale brown or yellow.

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Females are the ones who build nests and take care of their offspring alone. They lay a clutch of two eggs.

The Blue Capped Manakins are sweet and friendly.

They never behave aggressively toward other bird species in the flock.

 

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However, the population size is unknown but has a decreasing trend. The Blue Capped Mankins experience high nest predation rates with 70% of nests failing. As per assumptions, only about 7.5% of nests successfully raise young. 

They also get infected with haemosporidian parasites, and young ones have higher infection rates compared with adults.

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Despite this, the Blue Capped Manakin has been considered the Least Concern. 

This is really surprising how Blue Capped Manakins manage to maintain their population even after a low success rate of nestings. 

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So, you might be lucky to spot them. 

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