Scarlet-breasted Dacnis Dacnis berlepschi


Priorities for Future Research

It is important to conduct thorough seasonal surveys throughout the range of the Scarlet-breasted Dacnis to gain a better understanding of potential seasonal movements and identify forests with populations to precisely determine conservation areas (Vogt and Ahlman 2006, Chaparro-Herrera et al. 2013). Further, it is also important to establish conservation corridors between protected populations, such as between Aw√° Forest Reserve and the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve (Vogt and Ahlman 2006). It is imperative to gain a better understanding of the ecological requirements of this species so that conservation biologists can manage food sources and nesting habitats (Stattersfield and Capper 2000). Parker et al. (1996) list the research priority as "medium" compared to other Neotropical birds. Additionally, it is possible that the Scarlet-breasted Dacnis occupies a unique phylogenetic space within the tanager phylogeny, with some authors (e.g., Storer 1970, Wolters 1975-1982) suggesting it is more closely related to the Tit-like Dacnis (Xenodacnis parina). Thus, attaining molecular data to test these various evolutionary relationship hypotheses would inform researchers as to the evolutionary distinctiveness of this species and help elucidate evolutionary trends within tanagers in general (Burns et al. 2014).

Recommended Citation

Scarlet-breasted Dacnis (Dacnis berlepschi), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: