Proposal (695) to South American Classification Committee
Add Bangsia arcaei to the Main List
Effect on South American CL: This would add a species to the Main List.
Background: The species has been recently recorded for the first time in Colombia, which also represents the first records for South America:
The Blue-and-gold Tanager Bangsia arcaei, previously only known from Costa Rica and Panama, was recorded for the first time in Colombia and South America during a 2008 expedition along the eastern flank of the Cerro Takarkuna of the Serranía del Darién. Both photographic and specimen documentation were obtained during the expedition and published in Ornitología Colombiana.
Recommendation: I would recommend a yes vote to add this species to the South American checklist.
Ruiz-Ovalle, J. M., & A. Hurtado-Guerra. 2014. First records of Bangsia arcaei and Chrysothlypis chrysomelas (Thraupidae) for Colombia. Ornitologia Colombiana 14:130-135,.
Dan Zimberlin, November 2015
Comments by Areta: “YES. The specimen and pictures of live birds clearly show diagnostic features of Bangsia arcaei.”
Comments from Stiles: “YES – as the one who restored the specimens, I have no doubt that the identification of arcaei is correct, from my long experience with this species in Costa Rica.”
Comments from Zimmer: “YES. Specimen and photographic evidence is conclusive.”
Comments from Pacheco: “YES. Trusting in the experience of Stiles with this species, I follow the vote.”
Comments from Remsen: “YES. Meets all requirements for inclusion on SACC list.”
Comments from Jaramillo: “YES – Link to the paper is here in case any readers want to see the photos.