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    • Esteban
      Participant
      Chirps: 103
      Common pottoo
      Why does the scarlet tanager was classificated as a cardinalidae and not a tanager? (like the summer tanager).
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    • Elizabeth
      Bird Academy
      ecm017
      It is confusing! The summer tanager, scarlet tanager, and the rest of the species in the Piranga genus were originally placed in the Thraupidae family. However, more recent genetic testing has shown they actually belong in the Cardinalidae family. Things like this happen frequently as molecular techniques become more advanced.
      • Esteban
        Participant
        Chirps: 103
        Common pottoo
        Now I understand. Thank you.
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