(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).

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 December 2018).