Blue dacnis

Blue dacnis

Blue dacnis, Turquoise honeycreeper

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Dacnis cayana

The blue dacnis or turquoise honeycreeper (Dacnis cayana ) is a small passerine bird. This member of the tanager family is found from Nicaragua to Panama, on Trinidad, and in South America south to Bolivia and northern Argentina. It is widespread and often common, especially in parts of its South American range.


The blue dacnis is 12.7 cm long and weighs 13 g. Despite its alternative name, it is not a honeycreeper, which are longer-billed. The adult male is turquoise blue with a black around the eyes, and on the throat and back. The wings and tail are black, edged with turquoise. The female and immature are mainly green with a blue head, paler green underparts and green-edged brown wings. The blue dacnis's call is a thin tsip.



The blue dacnis occurs in forests and other woodlands, including gardens and parks.

Blue dacnis habitat map
Blue dacnis habitat map
Blue dacnis
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Habits and Lifestyle

The bulky cup nest is built in a tree and the normal clutch is of two to three grey-blotched whitish eggs. The female incubates the eggs, but is fed by the male.

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These are social birds which eat mainly insects gleaned from foliage, flowers or bromeliads. Fruit is often taken and usually swallowed whole, but nectar is rarely consumed.

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Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Diet and Nutrition



1. Blue dacnis Wikipedia article -
2. Blue dacnis on The IUCN Red List site -
3. Xeno-canto bird call -

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