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Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Eastern Chat-tanager (Calyptophilus frugivorus) - HBW 16, p. 326

French: Konichon dominicain German: Ostschmätzertangare Spanish: Tangara Dominicana
Other common names: Lowland Chat-tanager

Taxonomy: Phoenicophilus frugivorus Cory, 1883, Villa Rivas, Dominican Republic.
Molecular data suggest that genus does not belong with this family. This species was originally described in genus Phoenicophilus, and subsequently placed in newly erected present genus. Often treated as conspecific with C. tertius, the enlarged species then consisting of four races, these sharing some characters, which makes clear separation into an E species and a W species difficult; treatment as two distinct species provisional, and further study required. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • frugivorus (Cory, 1883) - Samaná Peninsula, on N coast of Dominican Republic.
  • neibae J. Bond & Dod, 1977 - C mountains of Dominican Republic (E to Reserva Científica de Ebano Verde).

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