Scarlet-thighed Dacnis Dacnis venusta

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Allan Obando, Casey H. Richart, and Kevin J. Burns

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Scarlet-thighed Dacnis is described two to three scratchy, insect-like trills ending with a squeaky bzzeek bzzeek bzzeek (Stiles and Skutch 1989). The song lasts no more than several seconds in duration.

The calls of Scarlet-thighed Dacnis have been described as a metallic urp, zirp, rit, or wurt, a buzzy wuzt or rezt (Slud 1964), a chirping woit or wheit with an upward inflection (Stiles and Skutch 1989), and various scratchy inflecting bzik notes (Hilty 2011). Individuals excited by a nearby forest falcon (Micrastur sp.) plucking and eating a small bird continually vocalized wheu wheu with a curious metallic tone (Wetmore et al. 1984). A female defending her young uttered a low nasal cry (Skutch 1962).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Scarlet-thighed Dacnis can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

Nonvocal sounds have not been reported for this species.

Recommended Citation

Obando, A., C. H. Richart, and K. J. Burns (2018). Scarlet-thighed Dacnis (Dacnis venusta), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.