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WEARING A TORQUE OF STUNNING IRIDESCENT GOLD MAKES THIS BIRD AN ABSOLUTE MUST SEE – MEET THE GOLDEN-COLLARED MANAKIN!

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An elaborate dancer he puts his gorgeous golden band to good use, a must-see when he is putting on the moves!

MEET THE GOLDEN-COLLARED MANAKIN

The Golden-collared manakin (Manacus vitellinus), is a species of bird in the Pipridae family. A rather compact, rotund little bird with a short tail, and rounded wings, they also have a big head with red-orange legs. The male of this species wears a stunning yellow collar right around his throat, fading to olive down his breast and belly. Above this collar, he is mostly black, with the center of his back also being black changing to a darker olive.

Overall, when compared to the male, the female is a dull olive-green above, becoming paler and more yellowish olive green below.

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Their wings are able to make a snapping and buzzing sound.

Golden-collared manakins are endemic to and found in Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia.

These birds like to live in subtropical and or tropical moist lowland forests, though they have adapted to secondary growth wooded areas as well.

Golden-collared manakins like to dine low in the trees on fruit as well as taking some insects, both of which are taken from available trees and in flight.

Males of this species perform an elaborate dance in a cleared lek area on the forest floor. Once a female has chosen a mate, she builds a small shallow, open, cup-shaped nest made from fibrous vegetation and animal hair, near ground level. She then goes on to lay two eggs within colored to look like dead leaves and incubates them for 14 to 24 days.

Once they hatch the chicks are fed by their mom for 10 more days before leaving the nest. Young may follow their mom for around a month before becoming independent. Due to their wide range and relatively stable population these birds are listed as of Least Concern on the IUCN list.

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