Gilt-edged Tanager Tangara cyanoventris



Geographic Variation

Monotypic (Clements et al. 2013).

Related Species

The Gilt-edged Tanager is a member of the speciose genus Tangara. This genus includes 49 species, making it the largest genus of neotropical birds. Isler and Isler (1987) categorized Tangara into 13 species groups based on geographic range, morphology, behavior (especially foraging behavior), nest sites, habitat, and vocalizations. The Gilt-edged Tanager is classified into species group 4, which consists of three species: the Gilt-edged Tanager, the Brassy-breasted Tanager, and the Red-necked Tanager (Tangara cyanocephala). DNA sequence data confirms the monophyly of this group and indicates that the Gilt-edged Tanager is most closely related to the Brassy-breasted Tanager (Sedano and Burns 2010, Burns et al. 2014). The Gilt-edged Tanager and the Brassy-breasted Tanager will hybridize in the wild. Their hybrids were once considered a separate species, Tangara gouldi, but it has now been identified as a cross between Tangara cyanoventris and Tangara desmaresti (Bond 1947). Although many Tangara tanagers are found in the Andes and Amazonia, the Gilt-edged Tanager is one of 5 species that form a clade of Atlantic Forest Tangara; thus, these species represent a case of in situ differentiation within the Atlantic Forest of southeastern Brazil (Sedano and Burns 2010).

Recommended Citation

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