(Passerellidae; Ϯ Black-throated Sparrow A. bilineata) Gr. αμφι amphi near, around; σπιζα spiza finch < σπιζω spizō to chirp; "Neither of the North American species of so-called Poospiza has occurred, to my knowledge, in the Missouri region, but either may yet be found in the southwestern portion. These birds seem scarcely congeneric with the type of Poospiza, Emberiza nigro-rufa, D'ORBIG., and in the extreme subdivision which at present obtains, may be distinguished under the following names: AMPHISPIZA, Coues, n. g. (type Emberiza bilineata, Cass.) AMPHISPIZA BILINEATA, Coues. ... AMPHISPIZA BELLII, Coues." (Coues 1874); “in allusion to the close relation of the genus to those [Junco, Peucaea] about it” (Coues 1882).