Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Black-faced Grosbeak (Caryothraustes poliogaster) - HBW 16, p. 412

French: Cardinal à ventre blanc German: Graubauchkardinal Spanish: Picogrueso Carinegro
Other common names: Bishop Grosbeak

Taxonomy: Pitylus poligaster du Bus de Gisignies, 1847, Guatemala.
May form a superspecies, and has been treated as conspecific, with C. canadensis. Race simulans of latter sometimes included in present species. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • poliogaster (du Bus de Gisignies, 1847) - Caribbean lowlands of Mexico (from C Veracruz, NE Oaxaca and N Chiapas E to S Quintana Roo), N Guatemala, Belize and N Honduras.
  • scapularis (Ridgway, 1888) - Caribbean lowlands from E Honduras and Nicaragua S to Panama (Bocas del Toro, Veraguas and Coclé; formerly, or casually, farther E).