White-collared Manakin (Manacus candei)

The White-collared Manakin is a really exotic bird. The way you find it is by the crackling sound that they make when flapping their wings. It is amazing to see the displays of males jumping from one branch to another, trying to impress females. The combination of bright-red legs, olive rump, yellow underparts, white collar and black cap and wings results in a colorful bird, not easily confused with other birds. As is often the case in birds, the female is olive in coloration, making it more difficult to spot inside the canopy. It is common in the Caribbean, although in the Pacific there is an “equivalent” species, the Orange-collared Manakin, which has essentially the same size and behavior, just differs in the color of its throat as its name my imply. A wonderful pair of bird species to see indeed.

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