French: Dacnis à cuisses rouges German: Rotschenkelpitpit Spanish: Dacnis muslirrojo
Panama Railroad, Panama.
Sister to all other (sampled) members of the genus#R. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
D. v. venusta
Lawrence, 1862 – NC and extreme S Nicaragua (Reserva de la Biosfera Bosawás, R San Juan Basin)#R, both slopes of mountains in Costa Rica (from Guanacaste and Alajuela) S to C Panama (Canal Zone).
D. v. fuliginata
Bangs, 1908 – E Panama (Caribbean slope in Darién) E across N base of W & C Andes of Colombia to lower Cauca Valley and middle Magdalena Valley in Antioquia, and S on Pacific coast and slope to NW Ecuador (Pichincha).
12 cm; 15–17 g. Small dacnis with red eyes and sharp-pointed bill; male unusual in having very dark underparts. Male nominate race has forecrown, lores, ocular area, small... read more
Calls include thin “woit” or “wheit” with upward inflection, and scratchy “bzik”. Song, in Costa... read more
Mainly humid to wet forest, forest borders and young to old second growth, including canopy of... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits and arthropods. In Costa Rica observed to eat wide variety of berries and arillate seeds, including those of Clusia, ... read more
Breeding reported Mar–May in Costa Rica. Nest a frail, shallow open cup composed of coarse and tough rootlets, tendrils and fern rachises,... read more
Significant post-breeding dispersal to lower elevations in Costa Rica and Panama; on Pipeline Road... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally or seasonally common over much of range. Now greatly reduced through forest loss in montane regions of lower Central America. Two... read more
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