Order Passeriformes

Family Passerellidae

New World Sparrows
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General

Formerly included in a broader Emberizidae (see page 776). Recent phylogeny#R has recovered evidence of eight major clades within this newly recognized grouping: (i) Melospiza and allies; (ii and iii) Melozone, Atlapetes, Pipilo and allies, which form two sister-clades; (iv) Zonotrichia, Junco and allies; and (v–viii) all other species, which form a polytomy at base of tree, but can be split into (a) Arremon, (b) Spizella, Amphispiza, Chondestes and Calamospiza, (c) Peucaea, Arremonops, Ammodramus and Rhynchospiza, and finally (d) two genera that have often been placed in Thraupidae, Oreothraupis and Chlorospingus.

Recommended citation

(2017). New World Sparrows (Passerellidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/1343552 on 26 April 2017).