Blue-whiskered Tanager Tangara johannae



Geographic Variation

There are no subspecies for Tangara johannae; it is monotypic (Clements et al. 2013).

Related Species

The Blue-whiskered Tanager (Tangara johannae) is a member of the speciose genus Tangara. This genus includes 49 species, more species than any other genus of exclusively Neotropical birds (Isler and Isler 1987). Isler and Isler (1987) subdivided Tangara into 13 species groupings based on geographic range, appearance, behaviors (with an emphasis on foraging behaviors), vocalizations, and nest sites. The Blue-whiskered Tanager belongs to Isler and Isler’s species group 5 along with the Emerald Tanager (T. florida), Flame-faced Tanager (T. parzudakii), Golden-eared Tanager (T. chrysotis), Saffron-crowned Tanager (T. xanthocephala), Silver-throated Tanager (T. icterocephala), Golden Tanager (T. arthus), and the Green-and-gold Tanager (T. schrankii). DNA sequence data (Burns and Naoki 2004, Sedano and Burns 2010, Burns et al. 2014) confirm the monophyly of this group. Among these species, T. johannae is most closely related to T. schrankii, a species found on the other side of the Andes (Burns et al. 2014). This relationship was hypothesized earlier by Haffer (1967b).

Recommended Citation

Blue-whiskered Tanager (Tangara johannae), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: