Black-faced Dacnis (Dacnis lineata)
Bay-winged Cowbird, Mocambinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil, February 2002 - click for larger image Cristalino Lodge, Mato Grosso, Brazil
April 2003

The Black-faced Dacnis is distributed throughout most of the Amazon Basin and the Guianas with two disjunct populations in central Colombia and western Ecuador. They are found in the canopy and borders of humid forest or around clearings when attracted by fruiting trees.

Both male and female have a yellow iris. The male, as seen in this photo, is turquoise blue with black lores, mask, wings and tail. The centre of the belly and crissum are white as are the underwing coverts which you can see just showing through at the front of the wing. West of the Andes, the belly, crissum and wing tufts are yellow. This is regarded as a sub-species by most authorities but Ridgely & Greenfield regard it as a full species, Yellow-tufted Dacnis Dacnis egregia.

The female is much less colourful being largely brown-olive above and pale grey below (west of Andes yellow in the centre of the belly.)

There are illustrations in Ridgely & Tudor, Volume 1, Plate 11; and Ridgely & Greenfield, Plate 85.

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