White-banded Tanager Neothraupis fasciata

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Ariane-Jane Flores, Casey H. Richart, and Kevin J. Burns


Geographic Variation

There are no described subspecies in the monotypic Neothraupis fasciata (Isler and Isler 1987, Clements et al. 2013, Dickinson and Christidis 2014).

Related Species

White-banded Tanager (Neothraupis fasciata) was described by Lichtenstein in 1823 from material from São Paulo and eastern Brazil (Storer 1970). It is the only member of the genus Neothraupis. It was originally named Tangara fasciata, until the genus name Neothraupis was proposed as a replacement for Diucopis (Hellmayr 1936).

Within the tanagers (famly Thraupidae), White-banded Tanager belongs to a large subfamily (Thraupinae) that contains many typical tanager species including Thraupis and Tangara (Burns et al. 2014). Storer (1960) previously suggested that Neothraupis might be closely related to Schistochlamys and Conothraupis. Molecular phylogenetics, however, indicates that Neothraupis is the sister taxon to a clade containing Diuca diuca (Common Diuca-Finch) and Gubernatrix cristata (Yellow Cardinal) (Burns et al. 2014). Support for this grouping is high. These three species are part of a larger clade found mostly southeast of the Andes. Other genera in this clade include Lophospingus, Stephanophorus, Cissopis, Schistochlamys, and Paroaria.

Although the population structure of Neothraupis fasciata has not yet been analyzed, a suite of microsatellite loci have been developed for this species, which could aid in the analysis of population differentiation (Corrêa et al. 2009).

Recommended Citation

Flores, A., C. H. Richart, and K. J. Burns (2015). White-banded Tanager (Neothraupis fasciata), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.whbtan1.01