Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Rosy Thrush-tanager (Rhodinocichla rosea) - HBW 16, p. 327

French: Quéo rosalbin German: Rosenbrusttangare Spanish: Tangara Rosada
Other common names: Rose-breasted Thrush-tanager

Taxonomy: Furnarius roseus Lesson, 1832, Brazil; error = Caracas, Venezuela.
Relationships uncertain. Traditionally placed in present family, and such treatment partly supported by recent genetic and morphological data, but further evidence required; sometimes thought to be closest to mockingbirds and thrashers (Mimidae). Races represent at least three geographically isolated populations; furthermore, it is possible that the three races in South America (typically represented as a single geographical unit) are isolated from each other. Five subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • schistacea Ridgway, 1878 - W Mexico from S Sinaloa S to W Michoacán, also isolated population in vicinity of Laguna Tres Palos (near Acapulco, in Guerrero).
  • eximia Ridgway, 1902 - W Costa Rica (E San José) S to C Panama (Panamá on Pacific slope; locally on Caribbean slope in Coclé and Colon).
  • harterti Hellmayr, 1918 - Colombia (N & W base of Santa Marta Mts and W Guajira; E slope of C Andes in N Tolima; and W slope of E range from Norte de Santander S to Cundinamarca).

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  • schistacea Ridgway, 1878 - W Mexico from S Sinaloa S to W Michoacán, also isolated population in vicinity of Laguna Tres Palos (near Acapulco, in Guerrero).
  • eximia Ridgway, 1902 - W Costa Rica (E San José) S to C Panama (Panamá on Pacific slope; locally on Caribbean slope in Coclé and Colon).
  • harterti Hellmayr, 1918 - Colombia (N & W base of Santa Marta Mts and W Guajira; E slope of C Andes in N Tolima; and W slope of E range from Norte de Santander S to Cundinamarca).
  • beebei Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1949 - both slopes of Perijá Mts, on Venezuela–Colombia border.
  • rosea (Lesson, 1832) - N Venezuela in Sierra de San Luis, S Lara, and coastal cordillera (from Yaracuy E to Distrito Federal and Miranda, S to extreme N Guárico at San Francisco de Macaira).