26/02/2014
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Grosbeak splits

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This nominate Yellow Grosbeak now finds itself monotypic after the split of its southern subspecies. Photo: Arjan Haverkamp (commons.wikimedia.org).
This nominate Yellow Grosbeak now finds itself monotypic after the split of its southern subspecies. Photo: Arjan Haverkamp (commons.wikimedia.org).


New World grosbeaks of the genus Pheucticus, in fact members of the cardinal family, have had a new full species added to their ranks, with Orange-colored Grosbeak P aurantiacus being split from the Yellow Grosbeak P chrysopeplus.

Reference
Pulgarín-R, P C, Smith, B T, Bryson, R W, Spellman, G M, and Klicka, J. 2013. Multilocus phylogeny and biogeography of the New World Pheucticus grosbeaks (Aves: Cardinalidae). Molecular and Phylogenetic Evolution 69: 1222–1227.
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