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Golden-collared Manakin

Manacus vitellinus


An unmistakable little manakin. 10-11cm (just over 4") long. The male (shown here) has the diagnostic bright yellow throat patch and collar extending around to the nape in a broad band. The cap, upper back, wings and tail are black and the rump and breast down to the vent are olive green. The legs are orange red and bill is black. The females are a dull olive with the reddish legs.


Found in forest under-story. This guy was part of a small group of displaying males. The lekking area comprised of small circles of cleared bare ground on the forest floor forming a court that each male displays around.


These birds display vigorously snapping their wings sounding like small firecrackers. The song is quite raspy and they extend lengthened throat feathers out looking like a small beard.

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triggsturner 2 years ago

Thank you for the comment and support Jim.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 2 years ago

Nice and summary...well done!

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Provincia de Bocas del Toro, Panama

Spotted on Apr 3, 2018
Submitted on May 18, 2018

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