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

Alternative Name: Turquoise Honeycreeper.

Dacnis cayana


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 paraguayensis
Photo © by MKC
Guararema SP, Brazil, June 2008


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



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:


Woodlands, terra firme forests and second growth.



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


The diet consists of insects and fruit.


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2016)
  3. Wikipedia

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