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This genus has often been placed, usually by itself, in a separate family Coerebidae. However genetic studies link it to a group of taxa within the Emberizidae, including Euneornis, Loxigilla, Loxipasser, Melanospiza, Melopyrrha of the West Indies, Tiaris of primarily the Caribbean Basin, and all of the Geospizinae (Galapagos finches)[1].

Pending any decision to rank all these genera elsewhere, Coereba is here also included in the Emberizidae.