Yellow-hooded blackbird Chrysomus icterocephalus bogotensis, copyright Nick Athanas.

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 Collection). Recent phylogenetic studies have lead some authors to include the yellow-breasted chat Icteria virens, a warbler-like bird found over much of North America, as a basal member of this family.

Icteridae [Icterinae, Icterini]
    |--Icteria Vieillot 1808OF19, B94 [Icteriidae]
    |    |--I. virensOF19
    |    `--I. viridis [=Muscicapa viridis, Pipra viridis]J23
       |  `--+--Xanthocephalus Bonaparte 1850JT12, F11
       |     |    `--X. xanthocephalus (Bonaparte 1826) (see below for synonymy)S05
       |     `--Dolichonyx Swainson 1827JT12, B94 [Dolichonychinae]
       |          `--D. oryzivorus (Linnaeus 1758) [=Fringilla oryzivora]F11
             `--+--Amblycercus Cabanis 1851JT12, F11
                |    `--A. holosericeus (Deppe 1830) [=Sturnus holosericeus]F11
                |         |--A. h. holosericeusF11
                |         |--A. h. australis Chapman 1919F11
                |         `--A. h. flavirostris Chapman 1915F11
                `--+--Nesopsar Sclater 1859BKB15, F11
                   |    `--N. nigerrimus (Osburn 1859) [=Icterus nigerrimus]F11
                   `--+--Dives Cassin 1867BKB15, F11 [incl. Ptiloxena Chapman 1892F11]
                      |    |--D. atroviolaceus (d’Orbigny 1839)JT12, F11 [=Quiscalus atroviolaceusF11, Ptiloxena atroviolaceaF11]
                      |    |--D. dives (Deppe 1830) [=Icterus dives]F11
                      |    `--D. warszewiczi (Cabanis 1861) [=Lampropsar warszewiczi]F11
                      |         |--D. w. warszewicziF11
                      |         `--D. kalinowskii Berlepsch & Stolzmann 1892F11
                               |  `--Euphagus Cassin 1867JT12, F11
                               |       |--E. carolinus (Statius Müller 1776)F11 (see below for synonymy)
                               |       |    |--E. c. carolinusF11
                               |       |    `--E. c. nigrans Burleigh & Peters 1948F11
                               |       |--E. cyanocephalus (Wagler 1829) [=Psarocolius cyanocephalus]F11
                               |       `--E. magnirostrisFP64
                               `--+--Macroagelaius Cassin 1866BKB15, F11
                                  |    `--M. subalaris (Boissonneau 1840) [=Quiscalus subalaris]F11
                                  `--+--+--‘Macroagelaius’ imthurni (Sclater 1881)BKB15, F11 [=Agelaeus imthurniF11]
                                     |  `--+--Gymnomystax Reichenbach 1850BKB15, F11
                                     |     |    |--G. melanicterusSS66
                                     |     |    `--G. mexicanus (Linnaeus 1766) [=Oriolus mexicanus]F11
                                     |     `--+--Hypopyrrhus Bonaparte 1850JT12, F11
                                     |        |    `--H. pyrohypogaster (de Tarragon 1847) [=Cassicus pyrohypogaster]F11
                                     |        `--Lampropsar Cabanis 1847BKB15, F11
                                     |             `--L. tanagrinus (Spix 1824) [=Icterus tanagrinus]F11
                                     |                  |--L. t. tanagrinusF11
                                     |                  |--L. t. boliviensis Gyldenstolpe 1941F11
                                     |                  |--L. t. guianensis Cabanis 1848F11
                                     |                  |--L. t. macropterus Gyldenstolpe 1945F11
                                     |                  `--L. t. violaceus Hellmayr 1906F11
                                     `--+--+--Amblyramphus Leach 1814BKB15, F11
                                        |  |    `--A. holosericeus (Scopoli 1786) [=Xanthornus holosericeus]F11
                                        |  `--Curaeus Sclater 1862JT12, F11
                                        |       |--C. curaeus (Molina 1782) (see below for synonymy)F11
                                        |       |    |--C. c. curaeusF11
                                        |       |    `--C. c. reynoldsi Sclater 1939F11
                                        |       `--C. forbesi (Sclater 1886) [=Agelaius forbesi, Gnorimopsar forbesi]F11
                                           `--+--+--Gnorimopsar Richmond 1908BKB15, F11
                                              |  |    `--G. chopi (Vieillot 1819) [=Agelaius chopi]F11
                                              |  |         |--G. c. chopiF11
                                              |  |         |--G. c megistus (Leverkühn 1889)F11
                                              |  |         `--G. c. sulcirostris (Spix 1824)F11
                                              |  `--Chrysomus Swainson 1837BKB15, F11
                                              |       |--C. icterocephalus (Linnaeus 1766)F11 (see below for synonymy)
                                              |       |    |--C. i. icterocephalusF11
                                              |       |    `--C. i. bogotensis (Chapman 1914)F11
                                              |       `--C. ruficapillus (Vieillot 1819) [=Agelaius ruficapillus]F11
                                              |            |--C. r. ruficapillusF11
                                              |            `--C. r. frontalis (Vieillot 1819)F11
                                              `--+--+--Xanthopsar Ridgway 1901BKB15, F11
                                                 |  |    `--X. flavus (Gmelin 1788) (see below for synonymy)F11
                                                 |  `--Pseudoleistes Sclater 1862JT12, F11
                                                 |       |--P. guirahuro (Vieillot 1819) [=Agelaius guirahuro]F11
                                                 |       `--P. virescens (Vieillot 1819) [=Agelaius virescens]F11
                                                 `--+--Oreopsar Sclater 1939JT12, F11
                                                    |    `--O. bolivianus Sclater 1939 [incl. Agelaioides oreopsar]F11
                                                    `--Agelaioides Cassin 1866BKB15, F11
                                                         |--A. badius (Vieillot 1819) [=Agelaius badius, Molothrus badius]F11
                                                         |    |--A. b. badiusF11
                                                         |    `--A. b. bolivianus (Hellmayr 1917)F11
                                                         `--A. fringillarius (Spix 1824) [=Icterus fringillarius]F11
Icteridae incertae sedis:
  Tangavius armentiFP64
  Cassiculus Swainson 1827F11
    `--C. solitarius [incl. C. nigerrimus]SS66
    |--O. angustifronsSS66
    |--O. atrovirensSS66
    |--O. cristatusSS66
    `--O. yuracariumSS66
  Xanthosomus icterocephalusSS66
  Megaquiscalus majorS18
    |--M. m. majorS18
    `--M. m. macrourusS18
  Cremaster tytthus Brodkorb 1959U93
    |--P. convexaF11
    `--P. floridana Brodkorb 1957U93
  Pyelorhamphus molothroidesF11
  ‘Colinus’ eatoni Shufeldt 1915U93
  Scolecophagus Swainson 1831S05

Chrysomus icterocephalus (Linnaeus 1766)F11 [=Oriolus icterocephalusF11, Agelaius icterocephalusF11, Zanthornus icterocephalusJ23]

Curaeus curaeus (Molina 1782) [=Turdus curaeus; incl. C. curaeus recurvirostris]F11

Euphagus carolinus (Statius Müller 1776)F11 [=Turdus carolinusF11, Scolecophagus carolinusS05; incl. S. ferrugineus Harting 1871S05]

Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus (Bonaparte 1826) [=Icterus xanthocephalus; incl. I. frenatus Reinhardt 1843, Xanthocephalus icterocephalus Newton 1875, Agelaeus perspicillatus Reinhardt 1861]S05

Xanthopsar flavus (Gmelin 1788) [=Oriolus flavus, Agelaius flavus; incl. Icterus xantholemus]F11

*Type species of generic name indicated


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