Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Burnished-buff Tanager (Tangara cayana) - HBW 16, p. 228

French: Calliste passevert German: Isabelltangare Spanish: Tangara Isabel
Other common names: Rufous-crowned Tanager; Stripe-bellied/Ochre Tanager (“flava group”); Arnault’s Tanager (“T. arnaulti”)

Taxonomy: Tanagra cayana Linnaeus, 1766, Cayenne, French Guiana.
Forms a superspecies with T. cucullata, T. peruviana, T. preciosa, T. vitriolina and T. meyerdeschauenseei. An aviary specimen, originally described as T. arnaulti, is now believed to be a hybrid between present species and T. preciosa. Races form two markedly different populations, in N of range nominate and fulvescens (“cayana group”), which are predominantly buff below, and mainly S of R Amazon in E Brazil flava, sincipitalis, margaritae and chloroptera (“flava group”), which are predom.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Tanagra cayana Linnaeus, 1766, Cayenne, French Guiana.
Forms a superspecies with T. cucullata, T. peruviana, T. preciosa, T. vitriolina and T. meyerdeschauenseei. An aviary specimen, originally described as T. arnaulti, is now believed to be a hybrid between present species and T. preciosa. Races form two markedly different populations, in N of range nominate and fulvescens (“cayana group”), which are predominantly buff below, and mainly S of R Amazon in E Brazil flava, sincipitalis, margaritae and chloroptera (“flava group”), which are predominantly black below; it has been suggested that the two may represent separate species, but they appear to be united by poorly known intermediate race huberi, from Marajó I (at mouth of Amazon). Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • fulvescens Todd, 1922 - Colombia on both slopes of E Andes at N end (S from Norte de Santander).
  • cayana (Linnaeus, 1766) - E Colombia (S to Meta and Vaupés) and Venezuela (S to Cerro Yapacana, in C Amazonas, and Bolívar), locally through the Guianas to coastal NC Brazil (Amapá); isolated populations in NE Peru, SE Peru and adjacent N Bolivia, and C Brazil (R Madeira; R Negro).
  • huberi (Hellmayr, 1910) - Marajó I (NE Pará), in N Brazil.

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  • fulvescens Todd, 1922 - Colombia on both slopes of E Andes at N end (S from Norte de Santander).
  • cayana (Linnaeus, 1766) - E Colombia (S to Meta and Vaupés) and Venezuela (S to Cerro Yapacana, in C Amazonas, and Bolívar), locally through the Guianas to coastal NC Brazil (Amapá); isolated populations in NE Peru, SE Peru and adjacent N Bolivia, and C Brazil (R Madeira; R Negro).
  • huberi (Hellmayr, 1910) - Marajó I (NE Pará), in N Brazil.
  • flava (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - NE Brazil (EC Pará; C Maranhão and N Ceará S to N Goiás and S Bahia).
  • sincipitalis (Berlepsch, 1907) - Goiás (except N), in EC Brazil.
  • margaritae (J. A. Allen, 1891) - C Brazil (Mato Grosso).
  • chloroptera (Vieillot, 1819) - SE Brazil (Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Paraná to Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).