|Blue Manakin Chiroxiphia
(aka Swallow-tailed Manakin)
Brazilian name: Tangará
|The Blue Manakin is
distributed in south-east Brazil and into adjacent regions of
Paraguay and Argentina. It is found in Atlantic Rain Forest,
secondary woodland and forest edges.
The male is unmistakable with his red crown, black face, blue body and black wings, not to mention the elongated tail. The female is olive all over.
The males form leks and perform an intricate courtship dance before a female. There is an excellent video of this from Cicero Spiritus on YouTube.
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