Rainforest Biodiversity Guide

Blue-Backed Manakin
Blue-Backed Manakin

Scientific Name: Chiroxiphia pareola

Category: Animal

Primary Layer: Understory

Fun Facts:

  • Short wings and compact bodies are well suited for flying between the crowded tree trunks and plants near the forest floor
  • The male Blue-backed Manakin has a fascinating breeding display, unusual in that it is cooperative rather than competitive. Two males perch next to each other on a bare stick and jump up and down alternately, giving a buzzing call. When a female approaches, the perched bird moves backwards under the jumping bird, so the two perform a vertical circling dance.
  • The females lay two eggs and incubate them for about 20 days.