Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Magpie Tanager (Cissopis leverianus) - HBW 16, p. 158

French: Tangara pillurion German: Elstertangare Spanish: Tangara Urraca

Taxonomy: Lanius leverianus J. F. Gmelin, 1788, no locality = French Guiana.
Recent molecular data indicate that present genus, Schistochlamys and Neothraupis are one another’s closest relatives. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • leverianus (J. F. Gmelin, 1788) - W & E Venezuela (on both slopes of Andes, and S of R Orinoco) E to French Guiana and Brazil (N Roraima), also Colombia (E slope of Andes S from Norte de Santander) S to Bolivia (Santa Cruz) and E across Brazil S of Amazon to C Mato Grosso, SE Pará and S Maranhão; also extreme E Brazil (Alagoas, possibly also Pernambuco).
  • major Cabanis, 1851 - SE Brazil (Goiás and Bahia S to N Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).