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Tit-like Dacnis Xenodacnis parina


The unique member of the genus Xenodacnis is in many ways a remarkable-looking bird, perhaps more akin to a flowerpiercer than a dacnis, on account of its all-blue plumage in males, although it has a much shorter bill, without a hook tip, unlike most Diglossa species. Females, in contrast, are largely blue above, becoming browner over the mantle, with pale orange-rufous underparts, but share the small, tit-like bill. There is some geographical variation in the plumage and size of both sexes. The Tit-like Dacnis is generally fairly common but undoubtedly local in high-altitude woodland, especially in Polylepis or Gynoxys, up to at least 4600 m. Its geographical distribution reaches as far north as Ecuador, but is concentrated on the Peruvian Andes.

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Recommended Citation

Tit-like Dacnis (Xenodacnis parina), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: