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Blue Dacnis

Dacnis cayana


The blue dacnis or turquoise honeycreeper (Dacnis cayana) is a small passerine bird. 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.


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. It occurs in forests and other woodlands, including gardens and parks.


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. 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. The blue dacnis’s call is a thin tsip. The purplish honeycreeper (Chlorophanes purpurascens), a bird from Venezuela known only from the type specimen, is considered to be an intergeneric hybrid between the green honeycreeper and either the red-legged honeycreeper or the blue dacnis.

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Saber 9 years ago

beautiful spot :)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

What beautiful birds ! Thanks for sharing your wonderful series and Congratulations on the SOTD, Aisse !!

DanielHernández 9 years ago


VivBraznell 9 years ago

What a beautiful series Aisse ... Congratulations on the SOTD .. very well deserved

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 9 years ago

Congratulations Aisse! Very beautiful series!!!

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Congratulations Aisse! Very pretty SOTD!

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago


RobThacker 9 years ago

Congrats on SOTD and a wonderful series

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 9 years ago


Tom15 9 years ago

Congrats on this nice series!

empidonax 9 years ago

Beautiful images!

KarenL 9 years ago

Congrat Aisse, your stunning blue dacnis is our spotting of the day! Only the males sport brilliant turquoise plumage, check out the link below for more photos and a peek at the female!


Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago


PieterColpaert 9 years ago

Absolutely wonderful! Great series!!

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Beautiful series!

rams4d 9 years ago

Excellent picture, congrats !!!

jamiewgoodspeed 9 years ago

beautiful series! i like the third one a lot. very sharp.

Aisse Gaertner
Spotted by
Aisse Gaertner

Angra dos Reis, RJ, Brazil

Spotted on Jun 29, 2014
Submitted on Jul 2, 2014

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