The wire-tailed manakin is a species of bird in the family Pipridae. It forms a superspecies with both the Band-tailed Manakin and the Crimson-hooded Manakin. It is found upriver in the western Amazon Basin and the neighboring countries of northern Peru, eastern Ecuador and Colombia, and southern and western portions of Venezuela. In Venezuela, it occurs upriver in the Orinoco River basin, but not the final 1300 km; its range in Venezuela continues around the Andes cordillera to the northwestern coast. In northwest Brazil, the species ranges from Roraima and Amazonas west to Venezuela and Colombia, and southwest from Rondônia and Acre to Peru and Ecuador. The Wire-tailed manakin's natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical swampland.