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Blue Dacnis

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Male of subspecies paraguayensisPhoto by LuizSerrinha do Alambari, Resende, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 2007
Male of subspecies paraguayensis
Photo by Luiz
Serrinha do Alambari, Resende, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 2007

Alternative Name: Turquoise Honeycreeper.

Dacnis cayana


[edit] Identification

11–12 cm (4¼-4¾ in)

  • Turquoise
  • Black forehead, throat, and back
  • Black wings and tail, edged with turquoise

Female and immature

  • Green upperparts
  • Paler green underparts
  • Green-edged brown wings
  • Blue head
Female of subspecies paraguayensisPhoto by MKCGuararema SP, Brazil, June 2008
Female of subspecies paraguayensis
Photo by MKC
Guararema SP, Brazil, June 2008

[edit] Distribution

From Honduras through Central and South America to Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Female of subspecies callainaPhoto by NJLarsenLas Lajas, Chiriqui, Panama, January 2018
Female of subspecies callaina
Photo by NJLarsen
Las Lajas, Chiriqui, Panama, January 2018

Eight subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • D. c. ultramarina:
  • D. c. callaina:
  • D. c. napaea:
  • D. c. baudoana:
  • D. c. coerbicolor:
  • Central Colombia (Cauca and Magdalena valleys)
  • D. c. cayana:
  • D. c. glaucogularis:
  • D. c. paraguayensis:

[edit] Habitat

Woodlands, terra firme forests and second growth.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

They build a bulky cup nest. The 2 white, brown-blotched eggs are incubated by the female.

[edit] Diet

The diet consists of insects and fruit.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2016)
  3. Wikipedia

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