New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Red-breasted Chat (Granatellus venustus) - HBW 15, p. 799

French: Granatelle multicolore German: Weißkehl-Waldsänger Spanish: Reinita Mejicana
Other common names: Red-breasted Warbler; Tres Marias Chat (francescae)

Taxonomy: Granatellus venustus Bonaparte, 1850, Comitán, Chiapas, Mexico.
Placement of genus in present family has been questioned; in particular, recent research indicates that it appears not to form part of a monophyletic parulid family, and a more recent study suggests that it may belong with the cardinals (Cardinalidae). This species forms a superspecies with G. sallaei and G. pelzelni. Race francescae sometimes treated as a separate species on grounds of its geographical isolation and plumage differences. Additional proposed race melanotis (described from San Blas, in Nayarit) regarded as a synonym of nominate. Two subspecies recogn.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Granatellus venustus Bonaparte, 1850, Comitán, Chiapas, Mexico.
Placement of genus in present family has been questioned; in particular, recent research indicates that it appears not to form part of a monophyletic parulid family, and a more recent study suggests that it may belong with the cardinals (Cardinalidae). This species forms a superspecies with G. sallaei and G. pelzelni. Race francescae sometimes treated as a separate species on grounds of its geographical isolation and plumage differences. Additional proposed race melanotis (described from San Blas, in Nayarit) regarded as a synonym of nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • venustus Bonaparte, 1850 - W Mexico from Sinaloa S to Chiapas.
  • francescae S. F. Baird, 1865 - Tres Marias Is, off Nayarit (W Mexico).

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