Manakin, bird in the family Pipridae. Found in Central and South America, these small birds are known for the male courtship rituals. In specially selected dancing grounds called leks, the males create unusual sounds and movements in competitions as the females look on. Both sexes are greenish in color, although the males have splashes of color. These birds grow to no more than 5 in (13 cm) and are believed to live approximately 20 years.