The Blue Manakin (Chiroxiphia caudata) is a small passerine bird in the Pipridae family. It is also known as a Swallow-Tailed Manakin.
The Blue Manakin male has a bright blue plump body, black wings and tail, and a red crown. The female is olive-green. Both the male and the female have orange-red legs.
It grows to about 13 centimetres (5 inches) tall.
It is commonly found in the Atlantic Forest of south-eastern Brazil, eastern Paraguay, and far north-eastern Argentina in South America. It prefers wet lowlands or montane forests.
Males are often seen in a group of five individuals.
The female Blue Manakin builds a twig nest in a tree. She lays two mottled-brown eggs, which hatch after about 20 days.
The young male chicks are olive-green like their mother, but soon develop the red crown and blue body like their father.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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