Turquoise Dacnis Dacnis hartlaubi

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

Diet and Foraging


Very little is known about the diet of Turquoise Dacnis, but fruits, arthropods, and nectar all are likely important components of the diet (Hilty 2011). A male was observed actively gleaning insects from the canopy of Albizzia carbonaria trees, and a female was observed in a tanager flock aggregation at a fruiting Coussapoa sp. (Stiles et al. 1999). It also has been observed feeding on the floral nectar of Erythrina sp. and Calliandra sp. (Cort├ęs Herrera et al. 2014). Unidentified fruit was found in stomach of a male in breeding condition (Hilty and Brown 1986).

Foraging Behavior

There is little detailed information on the foraging behavior of Turquoise Dacnis. It has observed foraging at the forest edge and actively gleaning insects from the canopy (Stiles et al. 1999). Alternatively, Hilty and Brown (1986) described the foraging behavior of one male as hopping "sluggishly on a mossy branch and at a bromeliad", and considered its behaviors to be more reminiscent of a Tangara than of other species of Dacnis.

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