Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

White-bellied Dacnis (Dacnis albiventris)


French: Dacnis à ventre blanc German: Weißbauchpitpit Spanish: Dacnis ventriblanco

Pipræidea albiventris

P. L. Sclater

, 1852,



Formerly placed in a monotypic genus, Hemidacnis, but clearly belongs in present genus. Monotypic.


Very locally from C & S Colombia (Meta, Guainía and Putumayo) and S Venezuela (Amazonas) S to E Ecuador (Napo and Pastaza) and NE Peru (Loreto and Ucayali); probably more widespread, also SE Acre#R, S Amazonas and SW Pará, in W & C Brazil.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; two birds 11 g and 11·5 g. Conical and pointed bill among the shortest of genus. Male has conspicuous broad black mask from base of forehead, lores and back through... read more


In S Venezuela, gives a soft, silky “seeeee” in flight; in Peru, recorded calls include a high,... read more


Canopy of tall humid terra firme forest and forest borders in Venezuela; has been reported... read more

Food and feeding

Not well known. Small berries taken; observed to return repeatedly to a medium-height Miconia tree at edge of forest in Venezuela... read more


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Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare and poorly known; possibly occurs mainly in regions of sandy-soil forests. Widely distributed, but presence recorded at only a... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2018). White-bellied Dacnis (Dacnis albiventris). 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 March 2018).