Yellow-winged Tanager Thraupis abbas



Geographic Variation

The Yellow-winged Tanager is monotypic. No recognized subspecies.

Related Species

The Yellow-winged Tanager belongs to a clade known as the “core tanagers” which includes 122 species and 22 genera, including Thraupis and Tangara (Burns et al. 2014). The “core tanagers” make up about one third of all tanagers (family Thraupidae). Within this larger clade, the Yellow-winged Tanager is a member of the genus Thraupis, which includes species that are actually embedded within the genus Tangara, thus rendering Tangara a paraphyletic group (Sedano and Burns 2010, Burns et al. 2014). These results are in contrast with the long accepted and well-established status of Tangara as a monophyletic group. Burns et al. (2014) suggest that the species of Thraupis embedded within the genus Tangara be merged with Tangara and their genus names changed accordingly. The Thraupis members within the genus Tangara form a monophyletic group with each other, with strong support. The Yellow-winged tanager is sister to a clade containing the Golden-chevroned Tanager (T. ornata) and the Palm Tanager (T. palmarum) (Sedano and Burns 2010, Burns et al. 2014).

Recommended Citation

Yellow-winged Tanager (Thraupis abbas), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: