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Chlorospingus flavopectus

Common Chlorospingus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Emberizidae

Authors: Contreras-González, A.M., C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González & M.C. Arizmendi

Chlorospingus flavopectus

Cinchona, Costa Rica; 26 August 2013 © Chris Jiménez Nature Photo

A very widespread Neotropical passerine, the Common Bush-Tanager is found in highland regions virtually throughout Middle America, from Mexico southwards, and the Andean chain in South America, reaching its southernmost point in northwest Argentina. It is generally found in small (presumably family) groups, sometimes with mixed-species flocks in the undergrowth of cloud forests and their borders. Virtually all of the species’ many subspecific populations are characterized by having a white post-ocular spot, brownish-colored head, greener upperparts, and yellowish underparts. Their taxonomy is complex. Although South American taxa have yet to be subjected to detailed systematic scrutiny, those in Middle America have been suggested, on the basis of both genetic and morphological data, to represent at least five different species, of which four of them are endemic to Mexico. Undoubtedly, under such principles, it is probable that additional, multiple species are likely to be recognized under the Phylogenetic Species Concept over the rest of the Common Bush-Tanager’s range.

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Recommended Citation

Contreras-González, A.M., C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González & M.C. Arizmendi. 2010. Common Chlorospingus (Chlorospingus flavopectus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website, for the distribution in Central America and/or Caribbean, and on a map provided by Robert S. Ridgely, for the South American distribution.

The data for the InforNatura maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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