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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: Icteridae
Genus: Dives
Species: D. dives – D. warczewiczi

Dives Cassin, 1867

Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 18: 413.

Dives is a genus of Neotropical birds in the family Icteridae.

The melodious blackbird lives in Mexico and Central America; the scrub blackbird in Ecuador and Peru.

The three species look similar, with plumage ranging from brownish black in juveniles to black with iridescence (green, blue, or violet) in adults, slightly more iridescent in males. The bare parts are black and the eyes are dark brown. The upper edge of the bill (the culmen) is curved, not flattened as in many other icterids, and the bill has a slight hook at the tip. The songs are varied and pleasant. If the ranges of the melodious blackbird and the northern populations of the scrub blackbird overlapped, they would be indistinguishable in the field apart from voice, and some authorities lump these two species into one; on the other hand some split the scrub blackbird into two species.

All three live in open habitats, including agricultural land, and have adapted well to human disturbance.

This genus is believed to be most closely related to Euphagus and Quiscalus.

It contains three species:

Image Common Name Scientific name Distribution
Dives atroviolaceus 1.jpg Cuban blackbird Dives atroviolacea Cuba
Tordo Cantor - panoramio.jpg Melodious blackbird Dives dives coastal eastern and south-eastern Mexico to Costa Rica.
Scrub Blackbird - South Ecuador S4E7818 (23806878191).jpg Scrub blackbird Dives warszewiczi Ecuador and Peru


Jaramillo, Alvaro; Burke, Peter (1999). New World Blackbirds: the icterids. Princeton University Press. pp. 221–227. ISBN 0-691-00680-6. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
Peterson, Alan P. (Editor). 1999. Zoological Nomenclature Resource (Zoonomen). Accessed 2007-07-29.

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