A short-tailed bird wearing highly unique striolated stripes on an otherwise red belly making a powerful visual impact

The striolated manakin, sometimes known as the western striped manakin (Machaeropterus striolatus), is a bird of the Pipridae family.

A short-tailed bird wearing highly unique striolated stripes on an otherwise red belly making a powerful visual impact

The male has an olive upper body with a crimson head and neck, and his secondaries are stiffened and expanded with white tips.

His tail has also been strengthened. The majority of the underparts are striped, with a red broken band on the top breast.

The tail is a light gray color. The female is totally olive above and dingy whitish below, with pale olive breast and sides with thin whitish streaks, and a brownish tint on the breast side.

A short-tailed bird wearing highly unique striolated stripes on an otherwise red belly making a powerful visual impact

These birds prefer the lower and mid-layers of humid forest, particularly terra firma and mature secondary woodland, occasionally going out to forest borders.

Their primary food consists of fruit, although they also consume insects caught in flight during quick flitting forays.

Males, like other manakins, are exempt from nesting chores; they congregate in exploded leks, where various individuals are within earshot but not in sight of one other, generally atop low hills.

A short-tailed bird wearing highly unique striolated stripes on an otherwise red belly making a powerful visual impact

Each male has a favorite perch from which he calls sporadically throughout the day before switching to a series of brief vertical hops followed by vibrating wing motions.

The females are alone in charge of parenting the chicks. There is very little further information available.

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