Local subspecies: Tangara cayana flava. According to Hellmayr 1929, subspecies flava is restricted to northeastern Brazil. However, Pinto and Camargo 1961 found that birds from São Paulo and other southern states were undistinguishable from flava, and should be included in this taxon. See also Hellmayr 1936. RPPN Mãe-da-lua.
Synonyms: Tanagra cayana LINNAEUS 1766; Tanagra flava GMELIN 1789
Figure 1. Male Burnished-buff Tanager. I observed Tangara cayana in a variety of habitats, for example in gardens in Guaramiranga (this photo), in banana plantations in Itapajé (in rather degraded surroundings), and in the dry forest of the hills of Mãe-da-lua reserve. I did not see it in semi-arid Caatinga lowlands.
See also Ridgely and Tudor 2009, plate 93.
Figure 2. This is presumably a female Tangara cayana. I saw it in company of the adult male shown above, on the same bunch of bananas.To top of page