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Books about Manakin

This page lists books that are totally or partially about Manakin. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.


Family: Pipridae

There are approximately 60 species of Manakin all of which are found in Central and South America.


Cotingas and Manakins

Guy Kirwan and Graeme Green

Illustrations: Eustace Barnes

Helm Identification Guides

Christopher Helm


"This book looks in detail at two families of South American birds, the cotingas and manakins, perhaps the most colourful of all neotropical bird groups, and widely regarded as the South American equivalent of New Guinea's Birds of Paradise. The book is a synthesis of the very latest research into the identification, taxonomy and behaviour of each of the 160 species, along with detailed colour maps, several hundred previously unpublished colour photographs, and Eustace Barnes's stunning colour plates."

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Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 9: Cotingas to Pipits and Wagtails

Edited by Josep Del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott and David Christie

Lynx Edicions


850 pages, 78 colour plates, colour photos, distribution maps.

This volume covers cotingas, manakins, tyrant-flycatchers, New Zealand wrens, scrub-birds, lyrebirds, larks, swallows, pipits and wagtails.

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The Birds of South America, Volume 2, The Suboscine Passerines

Robert S. Ridgely & Guy Tudor

University of Texas Press


"The Birds of South America, projected to be a four-volume work, thus fills a critical void. Starting from a museum approach, the authors have examined specimens of each subspecies, comparing them visually and trying to discern the patterns in their plumage variation, both intra- and inter-specifically. They take a new look at bird systematics, reassessing relationships in light of new information. Perhaps most important, they combine this review and analysis with extensive field observations to give an accurate, incisive portrait of the birds in nature. At a time when rapid development is devastating millions of acres of tropical habitat in South America, this record of an endangered resource becomes crucial. If the birds and other plants and animals of South America are to be saved, they must first be known and appreciated."The Birds of South America" is a major step in that direction. Volume II includes: the Ovenbirds and Woodcreepers, Antbirds, Gnatcatchers, and Tapaculos; Tyrant Flycatchers; and Manakins and Cotingas.

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Lek Behaviour in the Golden-Headed Manakin, Pipra erythrocephala, in Trinidad (West Indies)

Alan Lill

Advances in Ethology

Paul Parey


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A Revision of the Species of the Genus Pipra

C.E. Hellmayr

Colour plates (Pipra exquisita): J.G. Keulemans

Ibis: Volume 48, Issue 1, pages 1-34


Opening lines:

"The characters of the genus Pipra of Linnaeus (Mus. Adolph. Frid. ii. Prodrom. (1764) p. 22), the type of which, by elimination, is Pipra aureola, are too well known to be repeated here. Mr. Sclater, our latest authority on the subject, admits eighteen species, besides one subspecies. While I quite agree that P. filicauda, P. cornuta, P. iracunda, and P. cinnamomea ought to be separated generically, it seems to me that two more species, viz. P. gutturalis and P. leucorrhoa, should be excluded from the genus Pipra."
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Catalogue Of The Passeriformes or Perching Birds In The Collection Of The British Museum

Oligomyodae, or the Families Tyrannidae, Oxyrhamphidae, Pipridae, Cotingidae, Phytotomidae, Philepittidae, Pittidae, Xenicidae, and Eurylaemidae

Catalogue Of The Birds In The British Museum, Volume XIV

Philip Lutley Sclater

26 colour plates: J. Smit

Printed By Order Of The Trustees

Printed by Taylor & Francis


From the introduction:

"My ornithological studies having been principally devoted to South-American Birds, I had little hesitation in acceding to Dr. Gunther's request that I should prepare the Catalogue of the Mesomyodian Passeres in the Collection of the British Museum. Of the thirteen families that belong to this section of the Passerine group, nine are exclusively Neotropical, and these nine families embrace by far the greatest number of specific forms, the four Mesomyodian families as yet recognized in the Old World being comparatively insignificant in point of numbers. My subject was, therefore, sufficiently familiar to me. At the same time some of the groups to be treated of - I may point especially to the Tyrannidae - are universally allowed to be amongst the most difficult portions of the class of Birds for satisfactory determination. I felt, therefore, that in the short time that could necessarily be allowed me for the completion of my task I had no easy duty to perform."
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Last updated October 2011