Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-tufted Dacnis (Dacnis egregia)


French: Dacnis à plumets jaunes German: Gelbsteißpitpit Spanish: Dacnis egregio

Dacnis egregia

P. L. Sclater

, 1855,



Often treated as conspecific with D. lineata, but although main call note seems to be identical#R it differs in its turquoise-green vs turquoise-blue crown and most of underparts (2); yellow vs white mid-belly to vent (3); and yellow pectoral tufts vs none (3). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. e. egregia P. L. Sclater, 1855 – N Colombia in S Córdoba (upper R Sinú), Antioquia (lower R Cauca and Nechí Valley), and middle and upper Magdalena Valley from Santander S to Tolima and Huila.
  • D. e. aequatorialis Berlepsch & Taczanowski, 1884 – W Ecuador (Esmeraldas S to El Oro) and extreme SW Colombia (Nariño#R).
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm. Bill sharply pointed. Male nominate race has crown turquoise-blue, conspicuous broad black mask extending from forehead and lores through eye and rearwards, where... read more


    Call, in W Ecuador, a thin, high-pitched “tsrrip”. Song not described.


    Broken forest and hill forest, plantations, second growth, and scattered trees in gardens and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits, presumably also some arthropods; seen especially at fruiting Miconia and trees with small berries. Occurs singly, in pairs... read more


    No information.


    Apparently resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not assessed. Probably not globally threatened. Both populations generally uncommon and somewhat local. Occurs in a few protected areas, including El Paujíl Reserve (... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Yellow-tufted Dacnis (Dacnis egregia). 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 21 February 2020).