Blue Dacnis – Dacnis Cyana

The Blue Dacnis or Turquoise Honeycreeper, Dacnis cayana, is a small passerine bird. This member of the tanager family is a resident breeder from Nicaragua to Panama, on Trinidad, and in South America south to Bolivia and northern Argentina.

It occurs in forests and other woodlands. The bulky cup nest is built in a tree and the normal clutch is brown-blotched white two eggs. The female incubates the eggs, but is fed by the male.

The Blue Dacnis is 12.7 cm long and weighs 13 g. It has a relatively short bill compared to other honeycreepers. The adult male is turquoise blue with a black forehead, 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.

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 fruit thin tsip.


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  • Eyeleen
    Eyeleenabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful image and a wonderful SC!

  • acearns
    acearnsabout 6 years ago

    Lovely shot, the B&W background really makes the bird stand out! Gorgeous!

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful capture! Great contrasts, dof, focus and framing! Love it! Well done!

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 6 years ago

    wonderful SC Lisa.x

  • louisegreen
    louisegreenabout 6 years ago


  • Jenna  David
    Jenna Davidabout 4 years ago

    The colors with gray scale here are fantastic!

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