Definition of manakin in English:

manakin

noun

  • 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.’

Origin

Early 17th century: variant of manikin.

Pronunciation

manakin

/ˈmanəkɪn/