Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wire-tailed Manakin

The photo above is of a male Wire-tailed Manakin from eastern Ecuador.  Male manakins form leks, where several males court.  The Wire-tailed Manakin makes perches from which they perform short flights and jump and fan their lower back feathers.  Other manakins make distinctive calls, clap their wings, and do somersaults at their leks.  Females come and mate with the sexiest males. The females then build the nests, incubate the eggs, and care for the young.  The males only contribution to raising the young is the males' courtship dance. Presumably their bright colors might attract predators.  Consequently, this is what female Wire-tailed Manakins look like:
During our expeditions to Ecuador and Peru, we were so busy with our research, we did not take many bird photos.  An exception is a series of bird photos we took with our friend James Yost.  Jim built a box out of blue parachute cloth.  We then placed previously netted birds in the box. You can see the blue cloth in the background of these photos.

1 comment:

  1. Stunning bird, as is the Royal Flycatcher of your previous post. Tropical birds lie somewhere in my future... I hope!