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Macho de Saí-azul, Saí, Saí-bico-fino ou Saí-bicudo - (Dacnis cayana) - A male of a Blue Dacnis or Turquoise Honeycreeper 12 08-05-07 024 - 9

A text in english:

Thank you very much, Anhanguera and Cleiber, for the right identification of this male of a Blue Dacnis or Turquoise Honeycreeper (Dacnis cayana).

This bird was at SQN 307, in Brasília, Brazil.


Blue Dacnis

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Conservation status


Least Concern

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Thraupidae

Genus: Dacnis

Species: D. cayana

Binomial name

Dacnis cayana

(Linnaeus, 1766)

The Blue Dacnis or Turquoise Honeycreeper, Dacnis cayana, is a small passerine bird. This member of the tanager family is a resident breeder from Nicaragua to Panama, on Trinidad, and in South America south to Bolivia and northern Argentina.

It occurs in forests and other woodlands. The bulky cup nest is built in a tree and the normal clutch is brown-blotched white two eggs. The female incubates the eggs, but is fed by the male.

The Blue Dacnis is 12.7 cm long and weighs 13 g. It has a relatively short bill compared to other honeycreepers. The adult male is turquoise blue with a black forehead, throat and back. The wings and tail are black edged with turquoise. The female and immature are mainly green with a blue head, paler green underparts and green-edged brown wings.

These are social birds which eat mainly insects gleaned from foliage, flowers or bromeliads. Fruit is often taken and usually swallowed whole, but nectar is rarely consumed. The Blue Dacnis’s call is a fruit thin tsip.


* BirdLife International (2004). Dacnis cayana. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 12 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

* ffrench, Richard (1991). A Guide to the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago, 2nd edition, Comstock Publishing. ISBN 0-8014-9792-2.

* Hilty, Steven L (2003). Birds of Venezuela. London: Christopher Helm. ISBN 0-7136-6418-5.


Um texto em português:

Muito obrigado ao Anhanguera e ao Cleiber pela correta identificação deste macho de Saí-azul (Dacnis cayana). Este pássaro estava na SQN 307, em Brasília, Brasil.

Macho de Saí-azul

Nome Científico: Dacnis cayana Nome Comum: Saí-bico-fino, Saí-bicudo

Distribuição: Ocorre em todas regiões do Brasil

Habitat: Vive à beira da mata em várias altitudes, copas de mata alta

Características: 13,0cm de comprimento, 16g.Relativamente pouco dependente de flores.Seu canto é um gorjear fraco.

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Taken on May 8, 2007