|White-bearded Manakin (Manacus manacus)
The White-bearded Manakin is distributed throughout most of the Amazon Basin and the Guianas with disjunct populations on the Pacific coast of Ecuador and in eastern and south-eastern Brazil.
It is found in lower levels along forest borders and secondary woodland as well as in campina and restinga woodland.
The male is black above with a white collar and throat and white to greyish underparts. The female, seen in photos 4 and 5, is olive above and lighter below with a greyish throat. Both sexes have orange legs.
|They are usually found singly as they forage for fruit and the occasional insect except when the males are leking. The pictures of the male were taken in a lek of about 20 males in the Atlantic Rain Forest at Murici. It is a fascinating site as they dance around trying to attract females. The song changes depending on whether the bird is on the ground or not.
There are illustrations in Ridgely & Tudor, Volume 2, Plate 47.