Araripe Manakins

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Araripe Manakin on nest

The Araripe Manakin (Antilophia bokermanni) is a critically endangered Manakins (Pipridae) that was first discovered in 1996 by Galileu Coelho and Weber Silva. A survey in 2006, estimated a population of only 800 individuals. Therefore, it is considered to be one of the rarest birds in the world.


The Araripe Manakin averages 14.5 cm in length.

The males have a white plumage, except for the mostly black wings and tail, and the red feather crown with a frontal tuft. The crown (top of the head) and mid-back are also red.

The females are mostly olive green with a paler abdomen and a smaller olive green frontal tuft above the bill.

The irises are red.


In Brazil, its range is restricted to a very small area at the base of the Chapada do Araripe in south Ceara. They usually occur in pairs.

Diet / Feeding

They feed on the fruits of Cordia species.

Calls / Vocalizations

Its song sounds like a musical warbling ‘guru-uguru-uguru-u’. They also make ‘wreee pur’ calls.

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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