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White-bearded Manakin (Manacus manacus) male | by Rainbirder
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White-bearded Manakin (Manacus manacus) male

These small birds frequent the dim understorey of rain forest where the males gather in leks. The leks are actually small dancing arenas which comprise of a small cleared area with a vertical branch at each end. Competing males skip back and forth from one end to the other whilst displaying their white beards and making bizarre noises that sound like a discharging firecracker. Whilst some of these noises are vocalisations most are actually created by wing-snapping.

This image was taken at the lek in the grounds of the AWC in the Arima Valley, Trinidad.

 

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Taken on May 20, 2006