Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Black-faced Dacnis (Dacnis lineata)


French: Dacnis à coiffe bleue German: Maskenpitpit Spanish: Dacnis carinegro

Motacilla lineata

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

French Guiana


See D. egregia. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. l. lineata (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – E base of Venezuelan Andes (extreme SE tip of Táchira), E Colombia (Norte de Santander S along base of Andes to W Meta, then generally from C Meta and Guainía) S to E Ecuador, E Peru and N Bolivia (S to Beni and Cochabamba), E to S & SE Venezuela S of R Orinoco (S & C Amazonas; Bolívar except NE), the Guianas and most of Amazonian Brazil (E to E Pará and EC Mato Grosso).
  • D. l. albirostris Grantsau, 2010 – known only from type locality, São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas, Brazil, but range extrapolated as W of upper R Negro.
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm; 9·5–13 g. Bill thin and sharply pointed. Male has crown turquoise-blue, broad, sharply defined black mask extending from forehead and lores through eye and straight... read more


    Call, in Ecuador, a thin, high “tzlip”; in Peru, call described as modulated, high “trree”,... read more


    Canopy of tall, humid terra firme and várzea forest, at forest borders, scattered... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits and insects. Observed to eat small berries of melastomes, and to take bits of Cecropia catkin. Of 19 stomachs examined, 17... read more


    No information.


    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Occurs in many protected areas across vast Amazonian range, among them Nukak Natural Reserve and Cahuinarí, La Paya,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Black-faced Dacnis (Dacnis lineata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 February 2020).