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Photo by Arthur Grosset
Cristalino Lodge, Mato Grosso, Brazil, April 2003
Dacnis lineata

Includes: Yellow-tufted Dacnis



  • Turquoise blue body
  • Black lores, mask, wings and tail
  • White centre of the belly, crissum and underwing coverts
  • Yellow iris

Female - rather less colourful. Mainly brownish-olive above and pale grey below. Yellow iris
Juvenile - resembles the female

Photo by Stanley Jones
Reserva Natural Maycu, Zamora-Chinchipe Province, Ecuador, November 2014


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • D. l. egregia: yellow belly
  • Tropical central Colombia (Magdalena and Cauca valleys)
  • D. l. lineata:
  • D. l. aequatorialis:
Tropical western Ecuador (Esmeraldas to Chimbo)

Egregia from central Colombia is sometimes accepted as full species, Yellow-tufted Dacnis.


Moist lowland forests, canopy and borders of humid forest or around clearings, and swamps.



The diet includes fruits, berries, seeds and insects.


The female builds the nest. The clutch consists of 3-5 eggs which are incubated by the female. Both adults feed the young.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Rainforest Birds
  4. Arthur Grosset

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