Definition of manakin in English:



  • A small brightly coloured tropical American bird with a large head and small bill.

    Family Pipridae (or Cotingidae, Tyrannidae): several genera and many species

    • ‘Adult male manakins are more sedentary than females and young males and may not disperse seeds as widely as females and young males.’
    • ‘An interesting analogy may occur in some manakins in which males are smaller than females.’
    • ‘The film captures monkeys in the Nariva wetlands, golden tree frogs housed in bromeliad plants and blue-backed manakins in Tobago.’
    • ‘Pairs of male lance-tailed manakins perform complex dances of ‘leapfrog’ stunts and flight displays to woo interested females.’
    • ‘Each time the manakin produced a loud, clear tone that sounded as if it came from a violin.’
    • ‘Other species, such as thrushes and manakins, usually regurgitate the largest seeds they ingest.’
    • ‘The noise-making skill of manakins first came to the attention of naturalists in the 1800's.’
    • ‘Also, many manakins have delayed plumage maturation.’
    • ‘Male golden-collared manakins clear leaf litter from the ground to form courts, which they then use as arenas for intense courtship displays.’
    • ‘Like many other manakins, adult males develop a brilliant and conspicuous plumage, establish an arena, and display to females.’
    • ‘But rather than hovering for a drink, manakins generate finger-snap clicks to entice females.’
    • ‘Males of over half of the species of manakins produce startling sounds with their wings during courtship displays.’
    • ‘The most unusual plumage and wing modifications among the 40 or so species of manakins belong to the club-winged manakin, Bostwick told the group.’
    • ‘Watch for manakins, trogons, hawks, and other forest species.’
    • ‘Levey found that smaller seed size resulted in an increase in number of fruits that could be eaten by manakins, which mainly swallow fruit whole.’
    • ‘Instead of fighting over females, pairs of male lance-tailed manakins team up to court prospective mates.’
    • ‘Thus, both manakins and plants profit from the interaction.’
    • ‘Ironically, a road-paving team spotted the golden-crowned manakin in the heart of the rain forest of Brazil.’
    • ‘The manakins vibrate their wings at more than 100 cycles per second, twice the speed of hummingbirds.’
    • ‘Restricted foraging time due to inclement weather and the resultant decrease in food intake is believed to influence hypothermia in manakins and may induce torpor in hummingbirds.’


Early 17th century: variant of manikin.