A chunky little black bird lights up his surroundings with shimmering flashes of his golden wings

The golden-winged manakin (Masius chrysopterus) is a species of passerine bird in the Pipridae family.

Masius is a monotypic genus with only one species.

This bird’s beak is pink, and its legs are purple, despite its short stature of 11 cm.

A chunky little black bird lights up his surroundings with shimmering flashes of his golden wings

The male has a black body and a yellow crown that curves over the bill and turns orange on the nape; the lateral crown feathers form “horns.”

He also has a small yellow patch on his throat.

When in flight, the gold insides of the flight feathers shimmer and flash.

The female is a drab olive-green color, similar to other female manakins, with a yellowish belly and throat, a dull pinkish bill, and pinkish-red legs.

A chunky little black bird lights up his surroundings with shimmering flashes of his golden wings

Golden-winged manakins prefer subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and heavily degraded former forests as their natural habitat.

They forage for small fruit, berries, and insects to eat.

They perform in leks, small groups gathered around a mossy log or buttress.

Not only that, but they approach slowly, then crouch, raising their crests and unfurling their “horns,” hopping from side to side.

A chunky little black bird lights up his surroundings with shimmering flashes of his golden wings

The nest is built in a cup suspended from a branch, typically over a stream or in forked branches, and is composed of dark fibers, and spiderwebs.

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