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Scarlet-breasted Dacnis - BirdForum Opus

Photo by firecrest15
Rio Silanche Tower, West Andes Ecuador, April 2015
Dacnis berlepschi


12 cm (4¾ in); A colourful and distinctive dacnis with a thin and pointed bill.


  • Narrow black mask from base of forehead through lores and eye
  • Bright violaceous rest of head, throat and chest
  • Deep violaceous blue mantle, back and scapulars with line-like silvery blue streaks
  • Paler rump unstreaked silvery blue
  • Black tail
  • Violaceous blue wings, dusky greater coverts, black flight-feathers
  • Broad scarlet band across breast, bleeding into yellow on lower breast and buff to white on centre of belly and undertail-coverts
  • Yellow eyes
  • Black bill


  • Mainly plain brown above
  • Paler, more buffy brown underparts becoming buffy white on centre of belly and undertail-coverts with diffuse red wash forming broad band across centre of breast

Juveniles are similar to females but they have brown eyes.


South America: found in southwest Colombia and in northwest Ecuador.
A rare to uncommon restricted-range species. Threatened by habitat loss and distribution now very fragmented.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Found in the canopy of wet and humid foothill forest, treefalls and river borders. Sometimes also in older second growth.
Occurs at 200 to 800 m, in smaller numbers even up to 1200 m.


A poorly known species. Usually seen singly, in pairs or small groups, often in mixed-species flocks.


Feeds on fruit, insects and probably also on nectar.


Family groups with juveniles were recorded in June to November in the dry season. No other information on breeding.


Presumably a resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2014)

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