Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Red-throated Ant-tanager (Habia fuscicauda) - HBW 16, p. 319

French: Habia à gorge rouge German: Rotkehl-Ameisentangare Spanish: Habia Gorjirroja
Other common names: Jungle Ant-tanager; Salvin’s Ant-tanager (salvini)

Taxonomy: Phoenicothraupis fuscicauda Cabanis, 1861, Costa Rica.
Molecular-genetic evidence indicates that this genus may form a monophyletic group with Piranga and Chlorothraupis, and that all three are more closely related to cardinals (Cardinalidae) than to true tanagers. Race willisi appears to intergrade with nominate in NW Panama, from where one specimen is intermediate between the two. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • salvini (Berlepsch, 1883) - E & SE Mexico (from San Luis Potosí and S Tamaulipas) S to Guatemala (except N), Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.
  • insularis (Salvin, 1888) - SE Mexico (N & E Yucatán Peninsula) and N Guatemala.
  • discolor (Ridgway, 1901) - Nicaragua.

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  • salvini (Berlepsch, 1883) - E & SE Mexico (from San Luis Potosí and S Tamaulipas) S to Guatemala (except N), Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.
  • insularis (Salvin, 1888) - SE Mexico (N & E Yucatán Peninsula) and N Guatemala.
  • discolor (Ridgway, 1901) - Nicaragua.
  • fuscicauda (Cabanis, 1861) - extreme S Nicaragua, and both slopes of Costa Rica S to W Panama.
  • willisi Parkes, 1969 - C Panama from NE Coclé and Colon E to San Blas (mainly on Caribbean slope).
  • erythrolaema (P. L. Sclater, 1862) - Caribbean coast of Colombia (N Atlántico, N Bolívar and Córdoba).