Bird Families

Thread-tailed piper

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SquadPasserine
FamilyManakinovye (lat.Pipridae)
GenusPipras (lat.Pipra)
ViewThread-tailed pipra (lat.Pipra filicauda). They are Dixiphia mentalis
AreaNorthwest Amazon Basin: Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela
Dimensions (edit)Length: up to 100 mm. Wingspan: up to 120 mm.
The number and position of the speciesNot rated. Probably a numerous species.

Tiny and nimble, like sparrows, but painted like birds of paradise, the thread-tailed pipras are the real color of the equatorial rainforests of South America.

Thread-tailed piper (lat. Pipra filicauda) is a small, brightly colored bird from the order of the passerine family of the manakin family.

Description

The size of these birds is more than modest - no more than 10 cm in length, if you count from the tip of the beak to the tip of the tail. The latter, by the way, is very unusual and even unique for the entire order of passerines, it is a strand of only 6 long threadlike feathers, which are only slightly twisted down. The magnificent tail, as you might guess, is the reason for the name of this type of piper.

Males have bright contrasting plumage, which helps them get the location of the fair sex.

As is usually the case with exotic birds, males are colored much brighter and more noticeable, in this case their plumage is represented by contrasting black, red and bright yellow colors. Females, on the other hand, are forced to be content with dark gray and pale olive colors, which are usually barely distinguishable against each other.

Females, on the other hand, look completely inconspicuous.

Spread

The range of the filamentous piper is located in the equatorial part of South America, along the northwestern part of the Amazon basin: northern Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, southern Venezuela. Here they have chosen dense tropical forests with a lot of rainfall, some populations settle in the foothills of the Andes.

Lifestyle and reproduction

Thread-tailed pipras live mainly in the lower tier of the forest, rising only twice a season into the crowns of trees: when the fruits ripen and with the arrival of the mating season. The basis of the diet is made up of fruits, berries and small insects, which birds look for in the forest floor. They lead a diurnal lifestyle, wake up at dawn, sometimes marking this with a sharp chirp.

The beginning of the mating season is easy to recognize by the very sharp high-pitched sounds that literally fill the forest. They are published by males as part of a theatrical and seductive program. Climbing on branches with a good view, they begin to perform, without the slightest exaggeration, dizzying dances, jumping back and forth so quickly, from side to side, that it seems as if they are doing it without the participation of their paws. Each jump is necessarily accompanied by a change in the position of the wings: they are stretched up, then widely spread, then bent. and there are hundreds of such variations. The feathered gentlemen finally get the location of the females, gently stroking the necks with their amazing tails, if the female does not fly away, mating begins.

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