Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis) - HBW 16, p. 214

French: Calliste septicolore German: Siebenfarbentangare Spanish: Tangara del Paraíso

Taxonomy: Aglaïa Chilensis Vigors, 1832, no locality = Bolivia.
Molecular data indicate that this species is most closely related to T. velia and T. callophrys. Race caelicolor intergrades with paradisea in E Venezuela and Guyana. Race caelicolor often misspelt “coelicolor” but former is the original spelling. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • paradisea (Swainson, 1837) - SE Venezuela, the Guianas and N Brazil (S to N bank of R Amazon).
  • caelicolor (P. L. Sclater, 1851) - E Colombia (Meta, Guainía and Vaupés), S Venezuela (Amazonas) and NW Brazil (R Uaupés and upper R Negro).
  • chilensis (Vigors, 1832) - S & SE Colombia (W slope of E Andes in upper Magdalena Valley, in Huila; and Caquetá, Putumayo and Amazonas) S to E Ecuador, E Peru and Bolivia (S to Santa Cruz), and E through W Brazil (E to Rondônia, SE Amazonas E Mato Grosso and SE Pará).
  • chlorocorys J. T. Zimmer, 1929 - N Peru (upper Huallaga Valley).