Tanagers (Thraupidae)

White-eared Conebill (Conirostrum leucogenys) - HBW 16, p. 261

French: Conirostre oreillard German: Weißohr-Spitzschnabel Spanish: Conirrostro Orejiblanco

Taxonomy: Dacnis leucogenys Lafresnaye, 1852, Bogotá, Colombia.
Genus has sometimes been placed in Coerebidae or Parulidae, but molecular-genetic data indicate that it belongs in present family, with Oreomanes as sister-group. This species was originally placed in genus Ateleodacnis, and some taxonomists argue that it, along with the other lowland conebills (C. speciosum, C. bicolor and C. margaritae), should be returned to that genus; as a group they are morphologically quite distinct from most highland members of present genus. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • panamense (Griscom, 1927) - E Panama (from Gulf of San Miguel E to Darién) and NW Colombia (Sinú Valley in Córdoba).
  • leucogenys (Lafresnaye, 1852) - N Colombia (Sucre, Atlántico, Magdalena and Cesar, and S in Magdalena Valley to Huila; E of Andes in Catatumbo lowlands of Norte de Santander) and adjacent W Venezuela (E across Zulia, Falcón and Yaracuy to Carabobo, in coastal cordillera).
  • cyanochroum (Todd, 1924) - W Venezuela in foothills of Sierra de Perijá and W base of Andes (Mérida).

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