Rufous-throated Tanager Ixothraupis rufigula



Geographic Variation

Monotypic. (Clements et al. 2013)

Related Species

Tangara rufigula 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 Rufous-throated Tanager belongs to Isler and Isler’s species group 6, along with Yellow-bellied Tanager (Tangara xanthogastra), Spotted Tanager (Tangara punctata), Speckled Tanager (Tangara guttata), and Dotted Tanager (Tangara varia). Phylogenetic analyses using DNA sequences confirms that species within group 6 form a monophyletic group (Burns and Naoki 2004, Sedano and Burns 2010, Burns et al. 2014). However, within this group, there is not strong support for a relationship between T. rufigula and any other particular species. Thus, more research is needed to clarify the closest living relative to T. rufigula.

Recommended Citation

Rufous-throated Tanager (Ixothraupis rufigula), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: