Yellow-shouldered Grassquit / Loxipasser anoxanthus

Yellow-shouldered Grassquit / Loxipasser anoxanthus

Yellow-shouldered Grassquit

SCI Name:  Loxipasser anoxanthus
Protonym:  Spermophila anoxantha BirdsJamaica p.247
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Thraupidae /
Taxonomy Code:  yesgra1
Type Locality:  Mount Edgecumbe, Jamaica.
Publish Year:  1847
IUCN Status:  


(Thraupidae; Ϯ Yellow-shouldered Grassquit L. anoxanthus) Portmanteau of genera Loxia Linnaeus, 1758, crossbill, and Passer Brisson 1760, sparrow; "Pyrrhulagra.   Loxia portoricensis Daud.  ...  The subgenus Loxigilla Lesson was founded on Fringilla noctis. The type of Bonaparte's subgenus Pyrrhulagra is the present bird, and includes violacea of the Bahamas, etc., but not anoxantha which may form the type of a third subgenus, Loxipasser, nearly allied to Spermophila and Phonipara. These three birds show well the folly of modern generic divisions, either of them approximating more closely to older genera than to each other." (Bryant 1866).
Var. Loxiipasser.

anoxantha / anoxanthus
Gr. ανω anō  above, upperparts; ξανθος xanthos  yellow.