(Fringillidae; Ϯ Evening Grosbeak H. vespertina) Gr. ἑσπερος hesperos  evening; φωνη phōnē  sound, cry  < φωνεω phōneō  to speak (cf. φωνος phōnos  loud-voiced); "The individual under examination was shot on the 7th April, in the evening. An Indian boy was attracted into the woods by its peculiar, and to him strange note" (Cooper 1825); "At twilight, the bird which I had before heard cry in a singular strain, and only at this hour, made its appearance close by my tent, and a flock of about half a dozen perched on the bushes in my encampment ... Its mournful cry about the hour of my encamping, (which was at sunset) had before attracted my attention, but I could never get sight of the bird but on this occasion. There is an extensive plain and swamp through which flows the Savannah river, covered with a thick growth of sapin trees. My inference was then, and is now, that this bird dwells in such dark retreats, and leaves them at the approach of night" (Delafield in Cooper 1825); "HESPERIPHONA, Bp., pour la Fringilla vespertina de l'Amérique septentrionale, dont le Coccothraustes bonapartii, Less., est la femelle, et à laquelle se rattachent plusieurs espèces asiatiques, mais non pas le C. melanoxanthus, Hodgs., qui reste type du genre Mycerobas, Cabanis" (Bonaparte 1850).  
Var. Hesperophona.

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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 www.hbw.com on 11 December 2018).