Buntings and New World Sparrows (Emberizidae)

Black-masked Finch (Coryphaspiza melanotis) - HBW 16, p. 640

French: Coryphaspize à joues noires German: Schwarzkopfammer Spanish: Cachilo Enmascarado
Other common names: Black-eared Finch

Taxonomy: Emberizoides melanotis Temminck, 1822, Ipanema, São Paulo, Brazil.
This species most likely belongs in tanager family (Thraupidae); aspects of plumage, tail shape, juvenile plumage and song suggest that it may be related to Embernagra and Emberizoides. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • marajoara Sick, 1967 - Marajó I (mouth of R Amazon in Pará), in N Brazil.
  • melanotis (Temminck, 1822) - extreme SE Peru (Madre de Dios), E Bolivia (La Paz and Beni), C & EC Brazil (E Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul E to Minas Gerais and São Paulo), E Paraguay, and NE Argentina (Corrientes).