Silky-flycatchers (Ptilogonatidae)

Black-and-yellow Silky-flycatcher (Phainoptila melanoxantha) - HBW 10, p. 300

French: Phénoptile noir et jaune German: Gelbflanken-Seidenschnäpper Spanish: Capulinero Negrigualdo
Other common names: Salvin’s Silky-flycatcher, Phainoptila

Taxonomy: Phainoptila melanoxantha Salvin, 1877, San Francisco, Costa Rica.
Inclusion in present family questioned by some authors, who have pointed out this species’ similarity to members of Turdidae and dissimilarities between it and other ptilogonatids in morphology and habits; further research, including DNA analyses, required. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • parkeri Barrantes & Sánchez, 2000 - cordilleras of Tilarán and Guanacaste, in N Costa Rica.
  • melanoxantha Salvin, 1877 - cordilleras of Talamanca and Volcánica Central, in C & S Costa Rica.
  • minor Griscom, 1924 - W Panama (E to Veraguas).

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