Hidden in plain sight. The Araripe manakin somehow remained undocumented by science until 1998 despite living in a relatively well-populated area known for bird-watching. The male even broadcasts his presence with calls designed to defend his territory from rivals; his singing rings out from mid-morning to early afternoon, a time when most birds stay silent. A striking symbol of the surprises the natural world still holds, the Araripe manakin is threatened by the shrinking of its already very limited habitat due to deforestation and development. This beautiful bird, so recently found, is in danger of becoming lost forever.
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The lower and middle storeys of tall, secondary growth forests, particularly where there are many vines
Head and body length:approx 15 cm, tail: approx 6 cm, wingspan: appox. 22 cm
Approx. 20 g
Estimated at 800, including 180 breeding pairs