Belongs within: Emberizoidea.Contains: Emberiza capensis, Emberiza schoeniclus. The Emberizidae includes the buntings of Eurasia and Africa, small, conical-billed passerines that have mostly been classified in the genus Emberiza. Most species are patterned in dull colours, though there are exceptions. The buntings of the genus Emberiza are mostly coloured in brown with streaks of black, white… Continue reading Emberizidae


Belongs within: Emberizoidea.Contains: Spizella, Amphispiza, Chlorospingus, Peucaea, Ammodramus, Arremonops, Arremon, Passerella, Junco, Zonotrichia, Atlapetes, Pipilo, Melozone, Aimophila, Passerculus, Melospiza. Sparrows of the West Published 10 August 2021 Recent decades have seen significant shifts in the classification of birds, particularly among the Passeriformes, the perching birds. These shifts have lead to the recognition of a number of… Continue reading Passerellidae


Belongs within: Emberizoidea.Contains: Habia, Piranga, Cardinalis, Cyanocompsa. The Cardinalidae are a group of finch-like birds with more or less heavy, conical bills found in North and South America, the males of which are often brightly coloured (Orenstein & Brewer 2011). Cardinalidae [Cardinalinae, Cardinalini, Richmondeninae] | i. s.: Pitylus Cuvier 1829 [Pitylinae]B94 |–+–GranatellusBKB15 | | |–G.… Continue reading Cardinalidae


Belongs within: Emberizoidea.Contains: Sturnella, Cacicus, Icterus, Agelaius, Molothrus, Quiscalus, Agelasticus. The Icteridae, sometimes referred to as New World Orioles or New World blackbirds, are a family of small to large passerine birds found in North and South America. Icterids have pointed bills and generally dark, often glossy plumage, often also with brightly-coloured patches (Internet Bird… Continue reading Icteridae


Belongs within: Icteridae. Icterus, the New World orioles, is a genus of strikingly coloured birds found in North and South America. Members of this genus have a pointed bill and a long tail; males are black and yellow or orange with white markings, with females being duller. <==Icterus Brisson 1760B94 [incl. BananivorusF11, PendulinusF11, Xanthornus Pallas… Continue reading Icterus


Belongs within: Icteridae. Quiscalus, the grackles, are a genus of gregarious, omnivorous birds found in southern North America and northern South America. Members of the genus have long wedge-shaped tails; males have iridescent black plumage whereas females are rusty brown. <==Quiscalus Vieillot 1816 [incl. Cassidix Lesson 1831, Chalcophanes Wagler 1827; Chalcophaninae, Quiscalinae]B94 | i. s.:… Continue reading Quiscalus


Belongs within: Thraupidae. Sporophila, the seedeaters, is a genus of finch-like birds found in the Neotropical region. Members of this genus have a distinctly short and stubby bill with a strongly curved culmen. <==Sporophila Cabanis 1844RJ11 [incl. Spermophila Swainson 1827B94; Spermophilinae, Sporophilinae] |–S. torqueola (Bonaparte 1850)BKB15, RJ11 [=Spermophila torqueolaRJ11] | |–S. t. torqueolaRJ11 | |–S.… Continue reading Sporophila


Belongs within: Emberizoidea.Contains: Cyanerpes, Dacnis, Ramphocelus, Lanio, ‘Tachyphonus’ cristatus, Oryzoborus, Sporophila, Conirostrum, Sicalis, Diglossa, Catamenia, Poospiza, Thlypopsis, Coereba, Loxigilla, Geospizini, Paroaria, Schistochlamys, Tangara, Iridosornis, Anisognathus, Buthraupis. The Thraupidae, tanagers, are a diverse, mostly Neotropical, group of birds primarily associated by molecular data. In the past, the family has been recognised as an assemblage of mostly brightly coloured, frugivorous or… Continue reading Thraupidae


Belongs within: Thraupidae.Contains: Thraupis. Tangara is a diverse genus of small tanagers, widespread in the Neotropical region, showing a wide range of bright colour patterns. They feed on a combination of fruit and insects, the latter mostly gleaned off vegetation. Finches in drag Published 13 April 2017 In many parts of tropical South America, it… Continue reading Tangara


Belongs within: Emberizoidea.Contains: Geothlypis, Setophaga, Basileuterus. The Parulidae: not-warblers, not-ovenbirds and not-redstarts Published 4 March 2013 There is no denying the current status of English as the de facto lingua franca of the world*. And yet, I feel that a complaint must be laid at the feet of the Brits: they’re a bit unimaginative when… Continue reading Parulidae