1000 birds before you die: Bird of the day 0001. Red-capped Manakin

by Gunnar Engblom on June 28, 2009

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Red-capped Manakin is famous as the bird that dances as Michael Jackson. I can moonwalk.

Red-capped Manakin is famous as the bird that dances as Michael Jackson. I can moonwalk.

Some of you may have heard of my book project “1000 birds to see before you die“. If not click the link. In any case, the project is slowly running along. We are still working with the database and the lists to choose the 1000 birds that will be featured in the book.  Some birds are just given. So without further a due, I give to you a new daily blog series. I may be very random these birds come up.  But one by one – one every day – the 1000 birds will be presented. This means it will take about 3 years to finish the series. And this is also a good deadline for the book. 3 years. First one out is the

Red-capped Manakin Pipra mentalis

This is partly a tribute to Michael Jackson. Here is the bird that does the moonwalk. There are four Manakin species with red heads and black body, but the Red-capped Manakin has the coolest display.

Where to see Red-capped Manakin.

It is distributed from the Yucatan in Mexico to west Ecuador.  Many lodges in Central America have lek-sites staked out, where the moonwalk can be seen.

Please let me know any  link all of a sudden does not work. Red-capped Manakin photo Jorge Montejo under Creative Commons license. All photos made by Gunnar Engblom on this blog may be used under Creative Commons license for as long as they are attributed the original article with a link.
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DawnFine June 29, 2009 at 6:47 am

OH MY goodness…I LOVE this bird and must see it!!!!!!!!!
I am adding it to my Birdie list.
Great series Gunnar!
Hey..I want to subscribe to your blog via emai…I know u use feedburner..all u need to do is go into feedburner and enable this.
you might want to just have your feed give a summary of your blog..so that they will be directed from the email to your blog..rather than read the content on email..
let me know when u have it set up.

Gunnar Engblom June 29, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Thanks Dawn. I will try to do some tweaking with feedburner tonight. Feedburner is a bit new to me.

Antony Waititu July 1, 2009 at 3:26 am

Hi Gunner
very nice and beutifull looking bird tank for the great work ya are doing keep it up

LB July 12, 2009 at 12:52 am

Hahahaha! This post made me laugh! I love the video. The bird is beautiful, too!!! :)

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