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A small brightly coloured tropical American bird with a large head and small bill.
Family Pipridae (or Cotingidae, Tyrannidae): several genera and many species
- ‘The film captures monkeys in the Nariva wetlands, golden tree frogs housed in bromeliad plants and blue-backed manakins in Tobago.’
- ‘The noise-making skill of manakins first came to the attention of naturalists in the 1800's.’
- ‘Like many other manakins, adult males develop a brilliant and conspicuous plumage, establish an arena, and display to females.’
- ‘Each time the manakin produced a loud, clear tone that sounded as if it came from a violin.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Also, many manakins have delayed plumage maturation.’
- ‘The manakins vibrate their wings at more than 100 cycles per second, twice the speed of hummingbirds.’
- ‘Other species, such as thrushes and manakins, usually regurgitate the largest seeds they ingest.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Male golden-collared manakins clear leaf litter from the ground to form courts, which they then use as arenas for intense courtship displays.’
- ‘Adult male manakins are more sedentary than females and young males and may not disperse seeds as widely as females and young males.’
- ‘But rather than hovering for a drink, manakins generate finger-snap clicks to entice females.’
- ‘Watch for manakins, trogons, hawks, and other forest species.’
- ‘Thus, both manakins and plants profit from the interaction.’
- ‘Males of over half of the species of manakins produce startling sounds with their wings during courtship displays.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘An interesting analogy may occur in some manakins in which males are smaller than females.’
- ‘Ironically, a road-paving team spotted the golden-crowned manakin in the heart of the rain forest of Brazil.’
- ‘Pairs of male lance-tailed manakins perform complex dances of ‘leapfrog’ stunts and flight displays to woo interested females.’
Early 17th century: variant of manikin.
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