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Nathan

Yeah, Piranga would be par for the course, lots of neotropic birds are named for their genus. Would be weird to get used to though.

Or maybe they'd continue to call them Tanagers the same way there are House and Song Sparrows from different families.

Chuck Hagner

Good question. According to Kevin Burns (S02: "Using a phylogeny of tanagers to provide insight into classic subjects of evolutionary research"), our Piranga tanagers look to be headed for the group corresponding to Cardinalidae (grosbeaks). Another good question is how to re-name them. Summer, Scarlet, Western, and Hepatic Pirangas?

Nathan

Really interesting about the mtDNA findings. Where will the Piranga tanagers go, or will they be their own family?

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