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Scarlet-thighed Dacnis

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Scarlet-thighed Dacnis (Dacnis venusta)


Scarlet-thighed DacnisThe Scarlet-thighed Dacnis (Dacnis venusta) is a Central American tanager that is endemic to Costa Rica and Panama.


Description:

It averages 4.75 inches in length. 4¾" long. The male has a bright turquoise-blue crown, nape (back of the neck), sides of head and neck, back, rump and .

Iris bright red in male, duller red in female. Male unmistakable with bright turquoise blue crown and nape, sides of head and neck, center of back and rump. The forehead, lores, sides of back, wings and tail, and mid-throat and entire remaining underparts are black. The thighs are scarlet, but these are usually hidden.

The female is dull greenish blue above, brightest on cheeks, and rump. She is duskier on the back, wings, and tail. Below she is dingy buffy greyish, buffiest on belly and undertail coverts.

The irises in the male are red and a duller red in females.

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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