Blue Dacnis (Dacnis cayana)

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

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

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

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

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


Loc. San Martin, Peru[/one_fourth_last]

Identification & Behavior: ~12.5 cm (5 in). The male Blue Dacnis is all blue with black throat, mantle, and tail. The folded wings are blue with black streaks. The female is green with a characteristic blue crown and cheeks. Both sexes have a red iris. It forages in the canopy of forest edges and second growth. The male is similar to a male Black-faced Dacnis but is distinguished by having a blue head (no black mask) and a black throat.

Status: The Blue Dacnis is uncommon and widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1500 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Dacnis Azul.

Sub-species: Blue Dacnis (Dacnis cayana glaucogularis), Berlepsch and Stolzmann, 1896.

Meaning of Name: Dacnis: Gr. Daknis= Type of bird from Egypt, otherwise unidentified, mentioned by Hesychius and Pompeius Festus.
cayana: Cayenne or French Guiana. In early ornithology “Cayenne” was often used of species of uncertain provenance presumed to be from Amazonia.

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Distribution Map
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References:

    • 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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2016.