Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Golden-crowned Tanager (Iridosornis rufivertex) - HBW 16, p. 209

French: Tangara auréolé German: Goldscheiteltangare Spanish: Tangara Coronidorada
Other common names: Blue-bellied Tanager (caeruleoventris)

Taxonomy: Arremon rufi-vertex Lafresnaye, 1842, Bolivia; error = Bogotá region of east Andes, Colombia.
May form a superspecies with I. reinhardti, and sometimes considered conspecific, although there are significant morphological differences. Race caeruleoventris may be a separate species; conversely, ignicapillus and subsimilis differ little from nominate and possibly better synonymized with latter. Four subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • caeruleoventris Chapman, 1915 - N end of W Andes (Paramillo) and N part of C Andes (Antioquia S to Tolima), in NW Colombia.
  • ignicapillus Chapman, 1915 - SW Colombia (spottily at S end of W & C Andes).
  • subsimilis J. T. Zimmer, 1944 - W slope of Andes in Ecuador (S to upper Chiriboga road, in Pichincha).
  • rufivertex (Lafresnaye, 1842) - Andes of SW Venezuela (S Táchira), both slopes of adjacent E Andes of Colombia (S to Cundinamarca and on E slope in Nariño), and entire E slope of Andes in Ecuador S to N Peru (near Piura–Cajamarca border and N of Marañón Valley).