Blue-and-black Tanager (Tangara vassorii) - HBW 16, p. 239
French: Calliste bleu et noir
Spanish: Tangara Azulinegra
Other common names: Tamiapampa Tanager (branickii); Buff-naped Tanager (atrocoerulea)
Taxonomy: Tanagra (Euphone?) Vassorii Boissonneau, 1840, Santa Fé de Bogotá, Colombia.
Molecular-genetic data indicate that this species, T. nigroviridis, T. dowii and T. fucosa form a species group, with present species being basal to the other three. Taxonomic status of the two S races, which differ markedly from nominate N race, may merit investigation. Three subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- vassorii (Boissonneau, 1840) - Andes in Venezuela (Trujillo S to Táchira) and throughout Colombia S to Ecuador and E slope in N Peru (S to Piura and Cajamarca N of R Marañón).
- branickii (Taczanowski, 1882) - E slope of Andes in Peru S of R Marañón (Amazonas and La Libertad).
- atrocoerulea (Tschudi, 1844) - E slope in Peru (S from Huánuco) and Bolivia (S to W Santa Cruz).
- Least Concern Enlarge map