Fun Araripe Manakin Facts For Kids

Oluwatosin Michael
Oct 20, 2022 By Oluwatosin Michael
Originally Published on Aug 06, 2021
Edited by Katherine Cook
Fact-checked by Gowri Rao
These Araripe manakin facts tell us about this bird species known to make its home in the Chapada do Araripe section
Age: 3-18
Read time: 4.9 Min

Araripe manakin birds (Antilophia bokermanni) are known by their Portuguese common name Soldadinho-do-Araripe which has the meaning of 'little soldier of Araripe'. The species epithet is in honor of Brazilian zoologist and wildlife filmmaker Werner Bokermann.

This bird species was first discovered in 1996 by Galileu Coelho and Weber Silva and lives on the Araripe plateau in Brazil.

This species of manakin is listed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List due to its continually reducing population.

It is important to run a specific campaign to save them from extinction. As a matter of fact, you can always see a funding campaign being organized regularly to save the population of this bird species that comes from the family Pipridae.

Here are some of the most important facts about the Araripe manakin (Antilophia bokermanni) which will fasincate you. Afterward, do check our other articles on the tarantula hawk and geoduck as well. 

Araripe Manakin Interesting Facts

What type of animal is an Araripe manakin?

An Araripe manakin (Antilophia bokermanni) is a bird that is known in Portuguese as Soldadinho-do-Araripe. This wet-forest manakin can be found living in the caatinga biome, a semiarid type locality of Brazil, which forms its region of natural habitat. This bird species is endemic to Brazil.

What class of animal does an Araripe manakin belong to?

An Araripe manakin, Antilophia bokermanni, belongs to the birds class of animals that shares its habitat region with various other Brazilian birds.

How many Araripe manakins are there in the world?

There are around 150-700 adult Araripe helmeted manakins in the world. A lot of conservation efforts are made through various campaigns to save this bird species.

Societal pressure from people owning banana plantations in the region is a big impediment in the campaign to save this bird species in this habitat region. Given its natural habitat range, the peril of habitat loss due to forest fires poses one of the leading threats to it.

Where does an Araripe manakin live?

The natural habitat of this bird species is in the woods along the Araripe plateau in the caatinga biome.

What is an Araripe manakin's habitat?

The Araripe manakin habitat comprises primarily of forests. They settle in forests with abundant water sources. Their habitats have rivers, streams, and water springs. Usually, their habitat can be found situated at the base of the Araripe plateau.

Who do Araripe manakins live with?

The Araripe manakin bird lives with birds of their own species. This bird species can also be found living with other animals on the Araripe plateau.

How long does an Araripe manakin live?

An Araripe manakin has a long lifespan as compared to other birds in the same region. A manakin has a life expectancy length of around 13-15 years.

How do they reproduce?

An Araripe manakin reproduces one to two times every year. The pair engages in the sexual mating process during the breeding months. After the mating process is over, females lay two eggs in their cup-shaped nests which hatch after around 17-21 days. The fledgling period for young birds is six months.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of the Araripe manakin, Antilophia bokermanni, is Critically Endangered as the population of this species is declining rapidly. More efforts are required for the conservation of their population.

Araripe Manakin Fun Facts

What do Araripe manakins look like?

Araripe manakins show sexual diphormism just like the helmeted manakins. Males have a white plumage and females have an olive-green plumage. Their eyes are red in color. Their feet and beaks are black-colored. Males have a red crown and the wings and tail feathers of manakin males are black in color.

Araripe manakin nests are usually constructed near running water.

How cute are they?

Araripe manakins are colorful birds. Males of this species are more beautiful than females. They have a cute look.

How do they communicate?

Araripe manakins use their vocals to communicate with one another in their habitat range, similar to the helmeted manakin. These birds have special calls to make contact with each other. They share information such as food availability, nests, predators, and prey.

How big is an Araripe manakin?

The Araripe manakin is a small-sized bird. Its range of length is around 5.7 in (14 cm). An Araripe manakin is two times bigger than a sparrow in terms of length range.

How fast can an Araripe manakin fly?

The speed with which an Araripe manakin can fly has not been recorded. It is known to be a swift flyer.

How much does an Araripe manakin weigh?

An Araripe manakin is a lightweight bird. Its average weight range is around 0.7 oz (19.8 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

The males of the Araripe manakin species are called cocks and the females of the Araripe manakin species are called hens.

What would you call a baby Araripe manakin?

A baby Araripe manakin is called a chick.

What do they eat?

The Araripe manakin diet consists of fruits as they are an omnivorous species of birds. They most commonly prey on arthropods. Their primary food source is fruits.

Are they dangerous?

Araripe manakins are in no way a danger to humans, but rather the other way around. These birds are not aggressive and hence not dangerous.

Would they make a good pet?

The Araripe manakin is an endangered species and so, having them as a pet is illegal. The conservation of their natural habitat is very much encouraged as they are listed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List.

Did you know...

The population of Araripe manakins is now restricted to a single water park near the Araripe plateau.

Why is the Araripe manakin endangered?

The Araripe manakin has become an endangered species due to its habitat loss. The natural habitat of this species was destroyed due to deforestation. Their population was once almost extinct when efforts were made to rebuild their natural habitat.

Why are male Araripe manakins more prone to predation?

Male Araripe manakin birds are brightly colored. Females on the other hand are dull green and can be easily camouflaged in the trees. This makes the males easy to find, and why male Araripe manakins are more prone to predation. Some other manakins include the long-tailed manakin, club-winged manakin, and red-capped manakin.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our Bombay duck facts and black grouse facts pages.  

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable araripe manakin coloring pages.

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Written by Oluwatosin Michael

Bachelor of Science specializing in Microbiology

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Oluwatosin MichaelBachelor of Science specializing in Microbiology

With a Bachelor's in Microbiology from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Oluwatosin has honed his skills as an SEO content writer, editor, and growth manager. He has written articles, conducted extensive research, and optimized content for search engines. His expertise extends to leading link-building efforts and revising onboarding strategies. 

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