Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Scarlet-breasted Dacnis (Dacnis berlepschi)


French: Dacnis à poitrine rouge German: Rotbrustpitpit Spanish: Dacnis pechirrojo

Dacnis berlepschi

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1900,

Lita, north-western Ecuador


Least typical member of genus based on plumages of both sexes, and unsampled in recent molecular review#R; has been placed in Xenodacnis. Monotypic.


SW Colombia (Pacific slope of Nariño) and NW Ecuador (S to Pichincha, but mainly in Esmeraldas).

Descriptive notes

12 cm. Distinctive colourful dacnis with thin and pointed bill. Male has inconspicuous narrow black mask from base of forehead through lores and eye, somewhat variable; rest... read more


Song, in Ecuador, described as a very fast, evenly high-pitched series of thin notes, “tsit-... read more


Canopy of humid and wet foothill forest, treefalls, and forest and river borders; less often older... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly known. Feeds on fruit, insects and probably nectar, but diet not well documented. In Ecuador, singles, pairs and small groups seen,... read more


Family groups with juveniles and immatures observed most often in Jun–Nov dry season. No other information.


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Rare to uncommon; poorly known. Has extremely limited distribution in Colombia (vicinity of Ricaurte and... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Scarlet-breasted Dacnis (Dacnis berlepschi). 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 26 January 2020).