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Amaurospiza moesta - Blackish-blue seedeater (male).JPG
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Cardinalidae
Genus: Amaurospiza
Cabanis, 1861

Amaurospiza carrizalensis Amaurospiza concolor Amaurospiza moesta

Amaurospiza is a genus of birds. The generic name is derived from the Ancient Greek amauros, meaning "dusky", and σπίζα (spíza), a catch-all term for finch-like birds.[1][2]

Actually, they are part of the tanager-cardinal lineage. The AOU moved this genus into the family Cardinalidae in 2008.[3] 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:


  1. ^ Bailly, Anatole (1981-01-01). Abrégé du dictionnaire grec français. Paris: Hachette. ISBN 978-2010035289. OCLC 461974285.
  2. ^ Bailly, Anatole. "Greek-french dictionary online". Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  3. ^ N&MA Check-list Committee Proposals 2008-B.