Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena) - HBW 16, p. 425

French: Passerin azuré German: Lazulifink Spanish: Azulillo Lapislázuli

Taxonomy: Emberiza amoena Say, 1822, near Canyon City, Colorado, USA.
Genus sometimes placed in family Emberizidae. May form a superspecies with P. cyanea and often treated as conspecific; the two hybridize extensively. Monotypic.

Distribution: Breeds SW Canada (SE British Columbia, SW & extreme S Alberta and S fringe of Saskatchewan), W USA from C Washington and Oregon and most of California (except SW) E to W North Dakota and South Dakota, NW Nebraska, EC Colorado, N New Mexico and Arizona, and extreme NW Mexico (NW Baja California). Migrates to SE Arizona S through W Mexico to NW Oaxaca.