Lilian T. Manica


I am a professor at the Zoology Department of Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR). Currently, I am in a Technical Collaboration at the Zoology Department at Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF). I am interested in sexual selection aspects of Atlantic Forest bird species, such as the Swallow-tailed Manakin (Chiroxiphia caudata), and migratory species living in south Brazil, such as the Blue-black Grassquit (Volatinia jacarina).


I graduated in Biological Sciences at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos and got a Masters’ degree in Ecology in the Bird Ecology and Conservation Lab at Universidade de Brasília (UnB), advised by Dr. Miguel Marini. During my Masters', I have studied the cooperative breeding system of the White-banded Tanager (Neothraupis fasciata).



In 2009, I became a member of Dr. Regina Macedo’s Animal Behavior Lab at UnB as a PhD student in Ecology. In my thesis, I investigated the mating system of Blue-black Grassquit, a Neotropical socially monogamous bird with a cryptic polyandrous sexual system. We sought to understand how sexual selection influences the social and sexual (genetic) mating behavior in this species. During this period, we ran paternity molecular analyzes in the Molecular Ecology Lab at the University of St Andrews under supervision of Prof. Dr. Jeff Graves. I also visited Dr. Jeff Podos’ lab at University of Massachusetts in Amherst to analyze videos and sound recordings of the Blue-black Grassquit. After my PhD, I spent six months at Regina’s lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

PhD students


Rafael de Oliveira Fratoni 
PPG Ecologia e Conservação
Project: "Display consistency in lekking birds: the role of signal complexity, relatedness and social interactions"
Pedro Ribeiro
Pedro Henrique Lima Ribeiro
PPG Zoologia
Project: "The Swallow-tailed Manakin display and relationship with environmental and social contexts"
Victor Aguiar de Souza Penha
PPG Ecologia e Conservação
Project: How do host-parasite interaction and stress condition explain bird plumage coloration?

Undergraduate students

Scientific Initiation

Larissa Gomes de Jesus
Biological Sciences - Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora
Project: Lateralization in the visual system of the Swallow-tailed Manakin in context of the courtship display
Biological Sciences - Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora
Project: Geographic variation in the Green-backed Trogon (Trogon viridis) song

Co-advisored students

Sarah Pereira Barros
PPG Ecologia e Conservação UNEMAT
Advisor: Fabricius M. C. B. Domingos

Past members


Daniela Malgarini Perez - website
PPG Ecologia e Conservação and Jovem Talento CAPES/PRINT
Project: Building hope: can nests help mitigate the effects of climate change in birds

PhD students

Susana Aguilar Mugica 
PPG Zoologia
Title: "Dinámica espacio temporal de la comunidad de aves acuáticas, influencia de la estructura del paisaje y efectos del cambio climático, en función de la conectividad de humedales costeros del sur de Cuba"



Rafael de Oliveira Fratoni 
PPG Ecologia e Conservação
Project: "Song and territory of the Neotropical River Warbler (Myiothlypis rivularis) and relationship with parasites"
Karla Patricia da Silva (co-advisored)
Title: "Understanding altitudinal migration inTurdus flavipes: a bioacoustic approach"
PPG Ecologia e Conservação UFPR
Advisor: André Guaraldo
Laura Schaedler
PPG Ecologia e Conservação
Project: "Phenotypic interaction networks in Swallow-tailed Manakins (Chiroxiphia caudata)"
Fernando José Ferneda Freitas
PPG Zoologia
Project: "Birds and coccidian oocysts: is plumage coloration a predictor of parasites infection?"
Co-advisor: Karla M. Campião (UFPR)
Collaborator: Regina H. Macedo (UnB)
Gabriel Massaccesi De La Torre
PPG Ecologia e Conservação
Title: "Effects of hemiparasites and body condition on plumage coloration of Turdus albicollis"
Co-advisor: André Guaraldo (UFPR)
Collaborator: Érika Braga (UFMG)
Eduardo Brandt
PPG Zoologia
Title: "Bioacoustic response of five Passeriformes under anthropogenic noise"
Pedro Henrique Lima Ribeiro
PPG Zoologia
Title: "Cooperative displays in blue manakins (Chiroxiphia caudata) and copulation success"

Scientific Initiation

Ana Beatriz Roscia Costa
Title: "Does morphology define an acrobat? The case of blue manakins (Chiroxiphia caudata)"
Laura Maria Schaedler
Title: "Vocal repertoire of blue manakins (Chiroxiphia caudata)"

Undergraduate Thesis

Letícia Mara Ceolin Antqueves
Title: Artificial nests occupation by Red-tailed Parrot Amazona brasiliensis (Aves: Psittaciformes) at Ilha Rasa, Guaraqueçaba, PR
Rafael de Oliveira Fratoni 
Title: "Ectosymbionts and their effect on body condition of Atlantic Forest Passeriformes"
Amanda Cristina Protski
Title: "Latitudinal variation of songs in blue-black grassquits"

Stephanie Caroline Schubert

Title: "Validating the WikiAves platform as a tool for studying migratory patterns of Brazilian birds"

Co-advisor: André Guaraldo

Thays Verônica Prestes

Title: "Behavioral responses of urban birds to anthropogenic disturbance in green areas in Curitiba, PR"

Co-advisor: André Guaraldo