WEARING A STUNNING SUIT OF TURQUOISE BLUE, HE FINISHES HIS LOOK OFF TO PERFECTION, WITH A STYLISH BLACK MASK – MEET THE BLUE DACNIS!
A bird wearing a distinctive suite of stunning turquoise blue finished off with a distinctive black mask and throat!
MEET THE BLUE DACNIS
The blue dacnis or turquoise honeycreeper (Dacnis cayana), is a small passerine bird. The adult male is covered in a beautiful suite of turquoise blue with a black forehead, throat, and back. His wings and tail are black with turquoise edges.
Blue dacnis females and juveniles have mainly green plumage, except for a blue head, and pale green bellies.
Wings are brown with green edging.
This species of bird is found from Nicaragua to Panama, in Trinidad, and also in South America from Bolivia and northern Argentina.
These birds like to inhabit sunlit forest canopy, as well as forest edges and secondary growth forested areas.
Blue dacnis like to feed in pairs, looking for fruit and insects which they find amongst the leaves. Fruit is often eaten whole, while insects are gleaned from the foliage. Nectar is sometimes, though rarely consumed as well.
This species builds a bulky cup-shaped nest, usually in trees. Two to three white eggs with brown blotches are laid with and incubated by the female while the male helps out by keeping her fed. He then goes on to help her feed the young when they have hatched.
The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘frequent’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). This being the case, Blue dacnis are regarded as of Least Concern on the IUCN list.
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