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Manakins, Birds of Tropical Forests, Cooperate for Common Goal

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Photo of a male wire-tailed manakin displaying his striking plumage.

Male wire-tailed manakin displays his striking plumage against the dense rainforest understory.

Credit: Brandt Ryder


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Photo of the head of a wire-tailed manakin's showing its bright plumage.

A wire-tailed manakin's bright plumage is derived from pigments in the fruits it eats.

Credit: Brandt Ryder


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Photo of a hand holding a 3-year old male wire-tailed manakin with adult plumage.

Male wire-tailed manakin with adult plumage at age three; he may wait until eight to mate.

Credit: Brandt Ryder


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Photo of a drab green female wire-tailed manakin.

Female wire-tailed manakins are a drab green, which helps conceal their nest locations.

Credit: John Blake


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Photo of a wire-tailed manakin nest with two eggs.

Wire-tailed manakin nests are held together with spider webs and fine plant rootlets.

Credit: Brandt Ryder


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Photo of a hand holding two five-day-old wire-tailed manakin nestlings with bands.

Five-day-old wire-tailed manakin nestlings with bands placed on them as part of the study.

Credit: Brandt Ryder


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