Bay-headed Tanager Tangara gyrola

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Polytypic: 9 subspecies
  • Authors: Kevin J. Burns and Cyndarienne Mireles

Priorities for Future Research

More studies are needed to complete an accurate life history of this gregarious bird. We lack information in the categories of Population and Demography, Predation, Territoriality, and Sexual Behavior. ffrench (1991) specifically stated that more data is needed on the rate of wing-molt in individuals and more data is needed to determine if there is a correlation between breeding and arrested molting. The degree of plumage variation and genetic differentiation noted within this taxon suggests that more than one species is involved. Studies that investigate levels of gene flow by sampling genetic variation across the range of the species could help clarify the number of evolutionary independent units. Studying the ability of Tangara gyrola to adapt to human disturbance may provide information helpful to species that are of greater conservation concern.

Recommended Citation

Burns, K. J. and C. Mireles (2010). Bay-headed Tanager (Tangara gyrola), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.