Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-bellied Dacnis (Dacnis flaviventer)


French: Dacnis à ventre jaune German: Gelbbauchpitpit Spanish: Dacnis ventriamarillo

D[acnis]. flaviventer

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Yuracares, Bolivia


Recently proposed race orientalis (Maruanum, in Amapá, and Manaus, in Amazonas, Brazil) supposedly smaller and less brightly coloured#R but requires confirmation#R. Monotypic.


Lowlands of SE Colombia (from W Caquetá and Vaupés) S to E Ecuador, E Peru and Bolivia (W Santa Cruz), E to S Venezuela (Amazonas and W half of Bolívar) and W Brazil (E to approximately R Negro, S Amapá#R, SE Pará#R and N half of Mato Grosso).

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 12–14 g. Bill thin and sharply pointed, and iris bright red in both sexes. Male is distinctive, has narrow black mask extending from base of forehead and lores... read more


Calls high and thin, e.g. “zeet”, and slightly more buzzy “zrret”, also as... read more


Humid várzea and low-lying forest, forest borders and taller second growth, especially... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit and arthropods; also nectar. Of nine stomachs examined, two contained only vegetable matter, six only animal matter and one both;... read more


One nest described, in Dec in NE Ecuador. A frail shallow open cup, rather thin and sparse, slightly oblong, external diameter c. 61 × 70... read more


Mainly resident. Possibly some seasonal elevational movements associated with birds that occur in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common, and widespread across W & C Amazonia. Found in many protected areas, including Yapacana National Park (Venezuela), La... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2020). Yellow-bellied Dacnis (Dacnis flaviventer). 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 20 January 2020).