Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Rufous-headed Tanager (Hemithraupis ruficapilla) - HBW 16, p. 258

French: Tangara à tête rousse German: Rostkappentangare Spanish: Tangara Cabecirrufa

Taxonomy: Nemosia ruficapilla Vieillot, 1818, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Molecular data indicate that this genus and Chrysothlypis are closely related and probably sister-taxa, and that Heterospingus also is closely related to them. This species and H. guira are sister-species; they hybridize to some degree in limited zone of contact, but do not intergrade. Races differ minimally, and species perhaps better treated as monotypic; review warranted. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • bahiae J. T. Zimmer, 1947 - SE Bahia, in E Brazil.
  • ruficapilla (Vieillot, 1818) - SE Brazil from S Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo S to E Santa Catarina.