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Chlorospingus ophtalmicus.jpg
Common bush tanager (C. flavopectus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Infraorder: Passerida
Superfamily: Passeroidea
Family: See text
Genus: Chlorospingus
Cabanis, 1851

Around 10, see text

Chlorospingus, the bush tanagers, are a genus of perching birds traditionally placed in the tanager family (Thraupidae). This seems to be in error according to more recent studies which suggest that they are closely related to the genus Arremonops in the Emberizidae (buntings and American sparrows). Considering this, bush tanager is arguably better replaced by chlorospingus, but this has yet to be proposed.

It contains the following species:

The taxonomy and systematics of the common bush tanager are under review; it appears to be a superspecies or even a complex of superspecies.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Peterson, A. Townsend; Escalante P., Patricia & Navarro-Sigüenza, Adolfo G. (1992). "Genetic variation and differentiation in Mexican populations of Common Bush-tanagers and Chestnut-capped Brush Finches". The Condor 94 (1): 244–253. doi:10.2307/1368813. 
  2. ^ García-Moreno, Jaime; Navarro-Sigüenza, Adolfo G.; Peterson, A. Townsend & Sánchez-González, Luis A. (2004). "Genetic variation coincides with geographic structure in the common bush-tanager (Chlorospingus ophthalmicus) complex from Mexico". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 33 (1): 186–196. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2004.05.007. 
  3. ^ Sánchez-González, Luis A.; Navarro-Sigüenza, Adolfo G.; Peterson, A. Townsend & García-Moreno, Jaime (2007). "Taxonomy of Chlorospingus ophthalmicus in Mexico and northern Central America". Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 127 (1): 34–49.