Striped manakin

Machaeropterus regulus

SUBFAMILY

Piprinae

TAXONOMY

Machaeropterus regulus Hahn, 1819. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Manakin rubis; German: Streifenpipra; Spanish: Man-aquin Franjeado.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Sexes differ, but not as markedly as in other manakins. Length is 3.5-3.7 in (9-9.5 cm). The male is olive above with a shiny red crown and nape, and the underparts are streaked reddish brown and white. The female is plain olive above with some reddish brown streaking below. In both sexes the iris is dark red, and the legs purplish flesh.

DISTRIBUTION

Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil. HABITAT

Understory of the interior of humid forest.

BEHAVIOR

Difficult to see, they travel alone or in pairs. Communal displays and noticeable lekking have not been recorded. Males have been recorded clinging to a horizontal perch with their feet, while hanging upside down and rocking to and fro while making buzzing sounds with their wings. Vocalizations are weak, hummingbird-like "chips."

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Small fruits and insects are taken during quick, sallying flights.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Unknown.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened. Uncommon to fairly common in localized areas of humid forest.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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