Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Olive-backed Euphonia (Euphonia gouldi) - HBW 16, p. 291

French: Organiste olive German: Olivrückenorganist Spanish: Eufonia Olivácea
Other common names: Gould’s Euphonia

Taxonomy: Euphonia Gouldi P. L. Sclater, 1857, Guatemala.
Recent molecular-genetic analysis indicates that genus belongs in family Fringillidae. Proposed race loetscheri (described from Dos Amates, NE of Catemaco, in Veracruz) considered inseparable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • gouldi P. L. Sclater, 1857 - Gulf–Caribbean slope of Mexico (S Veracruz E to S Quintana Roo, S to N Oaxaca and N Chiapas) S through N Guatemala and Belize to Honduras.
  • praetermissa (J. L. Peters, 1929) - extreme SE Honduras, E Nicaragua, E Costa Rica (locally also on Pacific slope in Guanacaste) and NW Panama (NW Veraguas).