Buntings and New World Sparrows (Emberizidae)

Crimson-breasted Finch (Rhodospingus cruentus) - HBW 16, p. 641

French: Rhodospingue ponceau German: Purpurkronfink Spanish: Soldadito Carmesí
Other common names: Crimson Finch, Crimson Finch-tanager

Taxonomy: Tiaris cruentus Lesson, 1844, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Molecular data strongly indicate that genus belongs in tanager family (Thraupidae), and is sister to a group containing many members of Tachyphonus. Monotypic.

Distribution: W Ecuador (W Pichincha and Esmeraldas) S along coastal slope and plain to NW Peru (S to Piura and S Lambayeque).

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