Black-faced Dacnis (Dacnis lineata)

Order: Passeriformes Family: Thraupidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonia, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. San Martin, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonia, Brazil

black-faced dacnis
Age: Adult | Sex: Male (Yellow-tufted Dacnis) | Loc. Cotrina Guard Station, Tumbes.

Identification & Behavior: ~11.5 cm (4.5 in). The male Black-faced Dacnis has a black forehead and sides of the head that connect to the black rest of the upperparts and tail. It has a blue crown and golden eyes or iris. The throat and rest of the underparts are sky blue with a white center of the belly and vent areas. The female has olive upperparts. The throat and rest of the underparts are gray. The iris is a dull golden yellow in the female. It forages in the canopy of mature forest often in the company of mixed species flocks. The female is similar to the female White-belly Dacnis but is distinguished by olive upperparts and grayish underparts.

Status: The Black-faced Dacnis is uncommon and widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1400 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Dacnis de Cara Negra.

Sub-species: Black-faced Dacnis (Dacnis lineata lineata), (J. F. Gmelin), 1789.
(Dacnis lineata aequatorialis). Western Ecuador south to Tumbes, Peru and extreme southwestern Colombia (Nariño).

Meaning of Name: Dacnis: Gr. Daknis= Type of bird from Egypt, otherwise unidentified, mentioned by Hesychius and Pompeius Festus. lineata: L. linon= flax, linen, lined. Lineatus= marked with lines.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2016.