Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Silver-throated Tanager (Tangara icterocephala) - HBW 16, p. 220

French: Calliste safran German: Silberkehltangare Spanish: Tangara Goliplateada

Taxonomy: Calliste icterocephala Bonaparte, 1851, Punta Playa Valley, south of Quito, Ecuador.
Genetic data indicate that this species is part of a monophyletic group that includes also T. johannae, T. schrankii, T. florida, T. arthus, T. xanthocephala, T. chrysotis and T. parzudakii. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • frantzii (Cabanis, 1861) - N Costa Rica S on both slopes of mountains to W Panama (Veraguas).
  • oresbia Wetmore, 1962 - mountains of WC Panama (Coclé and W Panamá).
  • icterocephala (Bonaparte, 1851) - mountains of Pacific slope of extreme E Panama (E Darién), and Andes of Colombia (W slope of C range in Antioquia; W slope of W range S from Antioquia) and W Ecuador (S to El Oro and W Loja); possibly also NE Peru (E Tumbes).