Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Moss-backed Tanager (Bangsia edwardsi) - HBW 16, p. 198

French: Tangara d’Edwards German: Edwardstangare Spanish: Tangara de Edwards

Taxonomy: Buthraupis edwardsi Elliot, 1865, Colombia.
In the past, genus sometimes subsumed in Buthraupis, but this treatment not supported by recent molecular-genetic studies, which place it in a separate clade, with Wetmorethraupis as sister to it; in addition, members of present genus are smaller in size and shorter-tailed than Buthraupis, relatively uniform in plumage, behaviourally less social and occur mostly at lower elevations. Monotypic.

Distribution: W slope of W Andes in SW Colombia (from Dagua Valley, in Valle del Cauca) S to NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas and Pichincha).