Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Yellow-backed Tanager (Hemithraupis flavicollis) - HBW 16, p. 258

French: Tangara à dos jaune German: Gelbbürzeltangare Spanish: Tangara Gorjigualda

Taxonomy: Nemosia flavicollis Vieillot, 1818, Cayenne, French Guiana.
Molecular data indicate that this genus and Chrysothlypis are closely related and probably sister-taxa, and that Heterospingus also is closely related to them. Some races of present species only weakly defined and possibly not worthy of retention, e.g. insignis perhaps not distinct from melanoxantha; thorough review required. Eleven subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ornata Nelson, 1912 - Pacific slope from extreme E Panama (E Darién) S to N Chocó, in Colombia.
  • albigularis (P. L. Sclater, 1855) - N Colombia from R Sinú E to middle Magdalena Valley in Antioquia and Santander.
  • peruana Bonaparte, 1851 - E of Andes in Colombia (from Meta) S through E Ecuador to Peru N of R Marañón and R Amazon (Amazonas and Loreto).

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  • ornata Nelson, 1912 - Pacific slope from extreme E Panama (E Darién) S to N Chocó, in Colombia.
  • albigularis (P. L. Sclater, 1855) - N Colombia from R Sinú E to middle Magdalena Valley in Antioquia and Santander.
  • peruana Bonaparte, 1851 - E of Andes in Colombia (from Meta) S through E Ecuador to Peru N of R Marañón and R Amazon (Amazonas and Loreto).
  • aurigularis Cherrie, 1916 - SE Colombia, S Venezuela (S of R Orinoco), and N Brazil (in upper R Uaupés and R Negro).
  • hellmayri Berlepsch, 1912 - SE Venezuela (E Bolívar) and W Guyana (Merumé Mts).
  • flavicollis (Vieillot, 1818) - Suriname, French Guiana and NE Brazil (N of R Amazon).
  • obidensis Parkes & Humphrey, 1963 - N bank of lower R Amazon in Brazil.
  • sororia J. T. Zimmer, 1947 - N & E Peru S of R Marañón.
  • centralis (Hellmayr, 1907) - SE Peru, N & C Bolivia and SC Brazil (E to N Mato Grosso).
  • melanoxantha (M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) - coastal E Brazil (Pernambuco and Bahia).
  • insignis (P. L. Sclater, 1856) - SE Brazil (Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro).
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