Amaurospiza

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Parvordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Passeroidea
Familia: Emberizidae
Genus: Amaurospiza
Species: A. carrizalensis - A. concolor - A. moesta

Name

Amaurospiza Cabanis, 1861

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Amaurospiza is a genus of birds. These "seedeaters" were formerly associated with the American sparrows and placed in the Emberizidae or (in the Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy) the Fringillidae. The generic name is derived from the Ancient Greek amauros ("dusky") + spiza ("finch").

Actually, they are part of the tanager-cardinal lineage. The AOU moved this genus into the Cardinalidae family in 2008.[1] They may actually belong in one genus with the aberrant blue "grosbeaks" of the genus Cyanocompsa. If that is correct, the Dickcissel in the genus Spiza would, quite amusingly, indeed turn out to be one of their closest living relatives.

Amaurospiza contains the following species:

* Blue Seedeater, Amaurospiza concolor
o Slate-blue Seedeater, Amaurospiza (concolor) relicta
* Carrizal Seedeater, Amaurospiza carrizalensis
* Blackish-blue Seedeater, Amaurospiza moesta


References

1. ^ N&MA Check-list Committee Proposals 2008-B.

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