Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)


Turquoise Dacnis (Dacnis hartlaubi)


French: Dacnis de Hartlaub German: Türkispitpit Spanish: Dacnis turquesa

Dacnis hartlaubi

P. L. Sclater

, 1855,

La Cumbre, Valle del Cauca, Colombia


Has been placed in a separate genus, Pseudodacnis, in part because its bill is heavier than others of genus; however, although foraging behaviour is closer to that of some Tangara, plumage and eye colour similar to those of D. lineata, and position in present genus confirmed by molecular analysis#R. Monotypic.


W & C Colombia: both slopes of W Andes in Valle, and W slope in Risaralda; C Andes in Antioquia and Quindío; W slope of E Andes in Santander (above San Vicente), Boyacá and Cundinamarca (R Bogotá); and head of Magdalena Valley in Huila.

Descriptive notes

11 cm. Bill heavier than that of other members of genus, and nearly as heavy as bill of Tangara. Male has turquoise crown enclosed by narrow black mask extending... read more


High-pitched, undistinctive calls include flat “tsit” and “sic”, mostly singly; also a high-pitched... read more


Humid forest, forest borders, second-growth borders, and scattered trees in highland clearings and... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits; also some arthropods. One stomach contained fruit. Most often seen singly, foraging fairly high and in outer foliage; also singles... read more


One male in breeding condition in Aug in Cundinamarca (E Andes). No other information.


Probably resident; believed not to make seasonal movements, but further information needed.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian East Andes EBA, Colombian inter-Andean Slopes EBA and Chocó EBA. Rare, very local and declining. Has almost... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Turquoise Dacnis (Dacnis hartlaubi). 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 22 February 2020).