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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Infraordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Passeroidea

Familia: Passerellidae
Genus: Aimophila
Species: A. notosticta – A. rufescens – A. ruficeps

Aimophila Swainson, 1837

Aimophila rufescens (Swainson, 1827)


On the natural history and classification of birds 2: 287.


Aimophila is a genus of American sparrows. The derivation of the genus name is from aimos/αιμος "thicket" and phila/φιλα "loving".[1]

Some species that were formerly classified in Aimophila are now considered to be in the genus Peucaea.[2]
Species in taxonomic order

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps) (20342481992).jpg Aimophila ruficeps Rufous-crowned sparrow southwestern United States and Mexico
Aimophila notosticta 1.jpg Aimophila notosticta Oaxaca sparrow Mexico
Rusty Sparrow, El Triunfo, Mexico (16583752214) (cropped).jpg Aimophila rufescens Rusty sparrow Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua.


Holloway JE (2003). Dictionary of Birds of the United States: Scientific and Common Names. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press. p. 17. ISBN 0-88192-600-0.
DaCosta, Jeffrey M.; Spellman, Garth M.; Escalante, Patricia; Klicka, John (1 March 2009). "A molecular systematic revision of two historically problematic songbird clades: Aimophila and Pipilo" (PDF). Journal of Avian Biology. 40 (2): 206–216. doi:10.1111/j.1600-048X.2009.04514.x. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-01. Retrieved 15 March 2013.

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