Turquoise Dacnis Dacnis hartlaubi

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Holly McMullen, Casey H. Richart, and Kevin J. Burns



Little information. One male Turquoise Dacnis was observed hopping in a sluggish manner along a moss-covered branch (Hilty and Brown 1986).


There is no information on territoriality in Turquoise Dacnis.

Sexual Behavior

The sexual behavior has been described for this species. Presumably Turquoise Dacnis is at least socially monogamous.

Social and interspecific behavior

Turquoise Dacnis is perhaps most often observed solitarily, but it also occurs in small conspecific groups, and joins mixed-species foraging flocks or in aggregations of tanagers in fruiting trees (e.g., Stiles et al. 1999, Botero and Verhelst 2001, Cort├ęs Herrera et al. 2014, Hilty 2011, McDermott 2014). Flock associates in mixed-species foraging flocks (n = 3) in shade-grown coffee plantations include include Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana), Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii), Streak-headed Woodcreeper (Lepidocolaptes souleyetii), Streaked Xenops (Xenops rutilans), Rufous-naped Greenlet (Pachysylvia semibrunnea), Golden-rumped Euphonia (Euphonia cyanocephala), Yellow-backed Oriole (Icterus chrysater), Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula), Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia), Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea), Tropical Parula (Setophaga pitiayumi), Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca), Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea), Flame-rumped Tanager (Ramphocelus flammigerus), Crimson-backed Tanager (Ramphocelus dimidiatus), Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus), Blue-necked Tanager (Tangara cyanicollis), Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza), Guira Tanager (Hemithraupis guira), and Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola) (Botero and Verhelst 2001).


No predation events have been reported for this species.

Recommended Citation

McMullen, H., C. H. Richart, and K. J. Burns (2018). Turquoise Dacnis (Dacnis hartlaubi), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.turdac1.01