The Red-Capped Manakin (Ceratopipra mentalis) is a small passerine bird in the Pipridae family.
The male Red-Capped Manakin has a velvety black body, with a bright red head and nape, bright yellow thighs, a pale-yellow chin, and pale-yellow wing linings. The female is olive-green, with paler yellow-green underparts. Both the male and female have brown legs. The male has white eyes and the female has brown eyes.
It grows to about 10 centimetres (4 inches) tall.
It is commonly found in South America in countries such as Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico Nicaragua, Peru, and Panama. It prefers subtropical or tropical forests.
It is a frugivore, feeding on fruit.
The female Red-Capped Manakin builds a twig nest in a tree. She lays two eggs, which hatch after about 20 days.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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