Chloris (bird)

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European Greenfinch male female.jpg
European Greenfinch (Chloris chloris) Male above, female below
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Subfamily: Carduelinae
Genus: Chloris
Cuvier, 1800

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Chloris Cuvier, 1800 (but see text)
Chloris C.L.Brehm, 1856 (non Cuvier, 1800: preoccupied)
Chloris A.E.Brehm, 1857 (non Cuvier, 1800: preoccupied)

Chloris is a genus which contains the greenfinches. These were formerly grouped in the genus Carduelis.[1]

The genus name is from Ancient Greek khloris, the European greenfinch, from khloros, "green".[2]

The name Chloris was also previously used for the bird genus Parula.[citation needed]


There are five species in the genus:[3]

Fossil species[edit]

Restoration of the extinct Chloris aurelioi, described September 23, 2010


  1. ^ Sangster, G.; et al. (2011). "Taxonomic recommendations for British birds: seventh report". Ibis. 153: 883–892. doi:10.1111/j.1474-919X.2011.01155.x. 
  2. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London, United Kingdom: Christopher Helm. p. 102. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4. 
  3. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Finches, euphonias". World Bird List Version 5.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 5 June 2015.