Birds of the World

Pipridae : Manakins

Club-winged Manakin

Machaeropterus deliciosus

Milpe, Ecuador - January 2013

The Club-winged Manakin has quite a complex display with 6 different display behaviours having been scientifically described. These are: the "wing-flash"; the "backward wing-flash"; the "crouch-call"; the "wing-presentation"; the "jump-turn" and the "lateral spring".

The two display behaviours illustrated in the photos above and below are the "crouch-call", which is fairly self-explanatory, and the "jump-turn", which involves the bird jumping vertically, executing a 180°-turn and landing up to 15cm away from its launch point, facing the opposite direction.

Milpe, Ecuador - January 2013