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Carrizal Seedeater
Range Isla Carrizal in the Caroní River, in northern Venezuela.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Cardinalidae
Genus Amaurospiza
Species Amaurospiza carrizalensis
Conservation Status
Critically Endangered

The Carrizal seedeater (Amaurospiza carrizalensis), is a species of cardinal in the Cardinalidae family. It was formerly placed with the American sparrows in the Emberizidae.

It is found in Isla Carrizal in the Caroní River, in northern Venezuela.

It is 12 cm long. The males are gray with blue flecks, and the females are yellow.

The species has been described based on three specimens found in 2001; its only known habitat – stands of spiny guadua and ripidocladus spp. bamboo forest on the type locality – has been cleared to allow construction of the Tocoma Dam, but researchers are hopeful of finding the birds living elsewhere.