Club-winged Manakin

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The Club-winged Manakin (Machaeropterus deliciosus) is a resident breeder in the cloud forest on the western slopes of the Andes Mountains of Colombia and northwestern Ecuador in South America.

According to a Cornell University ornithologist in the July 29 issue of Science, male club-winged manakins use specially adapted feathers in each wing to make a tone – much like a cricket chirping by rubbing together sound-making apparatus in its wings.

This sound makes the male more attractive to the females.

“Essentially an instrument has evolved in this species, in this case a refined instrument,” said Kimberly Bostwick, the paper’s lead author, a curator in the birds and mammals division of Cornell’s Museum of Vertebrates and a research associate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.



They average 2.5 cm or 4.9 inches in length, from beak to tip of tail.


Breeding / Nesting

The average clutch consists of two eggs, which are incubated for 18 to 21 days.

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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