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Black-legged Dacnis Dacnis nigripes

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Cathryn O'Hara, Casey H. Richart, and Kevin J. Burns

Priorities for Future Research

Parker et al. (1996) list the research priority for the Black-legged Dacnis as "high” compared to other Neotropical birds. Several factors contribute to the relative paucity of literature on Black-legged Dacnis. The rarity of the bird makes it difficult to study in addition to its inconsistent migration patterns. Additionally, the resemblance to the more common Blue Dacnis (Dacnis cayana) make it easy to confuse the two species which can lead to false records. BirdLife International proposed a list of conservation actions that would assist in gaining a better understanding of Black-legged Dacnis, along with assisting in increasing the bird’s population. These actions include: the investigation of seasonal movements, ensure the de facto protection of reserves in which it occurs, and implement and enforce a complete ban on the capture of wild birds (BirdLife International 2016). Surveys should try to ellucidate seasonal movements. Also, modern molecular phylogenomics should resolve the radiation of Dacnis, allowing us to understand the relationships among the species in the genus.

Recommended Citation

O'Hara, C., C. H. Richart, and K. J. Burns (2018). Black-legged Dacnis (Dacnis nigripes), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.