Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Near Threatened

Black-legged Dacnis (Dacnis nigripes)


French: Dacnis à pattes noires German: Blauflügelpitpit Spanish: Dacnis patinegro

Dacnis nigripes


, 1856,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil




Coastal region of SE Brazil from C Espírito Santo S to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, E Paraná and NE Santa Catarina, including Santa Catarina I.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 11–15·5 g. Small, short-tailed dacnis. Male has lores and small area around eye black (forming small mask), narrow central throat patch black; rest of head and nape... read more


No information.


Humid forest borders, second growth, and forest clearings. Lowlands to c. 850 m, in decreasing or... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects, small fruits, also nectar of flowers and a few seeds. Six stomachs contained animal and vegetable matter, including ... read more


Nests found Dec to mid-Feb, and nest-building recorded Oct–Dec. Nests sometimes in relatively close proximity (in one case as close as 15 m... read more


Apparently wanders widely, and is an irregular seasonal and altitudinal migrant in some areas.... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. Rare to uncommon within small global range.... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Black-legged Dacnis (Dacnis nigripes). 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 May 2019).