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A CHUNKY LITTLE BLACK BIRD LIGHTS UP HIS SURROUNDINGS WITH SHIMMERING FLASHES OF HIS GOLDEN WINGS!

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A chunky little jet-black bird lights up the forest with his fancy golden crown and flashes of his golden wings!

MEET THE GOLDEN WINGED MANAKIN

The golden-winged manakin (Masius chrysopterus) is a species of passerine bird belonging to the family Pipridae. It is the only species in the monotypic genus Masius. Only measuring 11 cm in length this bird’s beak is pink and its legs are purple. The male is black with a yellow crown that curves over the bill, turning orange on the nape, the lateral crown feathers form “horns”. He also wears a small yellow throat patch.

The flight feathers have gold insides that shimmer and flash when in flight.

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Compared to the males, the female is a drab olive-green and similar to other female manakins, but note her yellowish belly and throat, with a dull pinkish bill, and pinkish-red legs.

This bird is found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. In Colombia specifically, they are found from sea level to 500 m in height on the Pacific slope of the Western Cordillera, from the south to the lower San Juan River.

Golden-winged manakins prefer natural habitats made up of subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and heavily degraded former forests.

 

They dine by foraging for small fruit, berries, and insects.

 

 

They make displays in leks, in small groups around some mossy log or buttress. They approach slowly, then crouch with crests raised and “horns” unfurled, hopping from side to side. The nest is built in a cup suspended from a branch, typically over a stream or in forked branches, and is composed of dark fibers, and spiderwebs.

This bird’s population is described as of Least Concern on the IUCN red list.

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