Question to all you birdies: my fossils partner is doing orni (huge conflict however in NY) and was wondering why the lark bunting was put under the emberzids when really it should really be put under carinals, saltators, and allies? it's driving her nuts....
It should be in the emberzids — the lark bunting is the only species in the genus Calamospiza
, which is in the family Emberizidae
. Essentially, the lark bunting is a sparrow, while birds such as the indigo and painted buntings are cardinals, in the family Cardinalidae
and the genus Passerina
True buntings are in the genus Emberiza
, however, and none of those are on the bird list.