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Noun1.Carduelinae - used in some classifications for a subgroup of finches
bird family - a family of warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
family Fringillidae, Fringillidae - finches: goldfinches; bullfinches; chaffinches; siskins; canaries; cardinals; grosbeaks; crossbills; linnets; buntings
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Raikow (1976; 1977a,b; 1978) found great uniformity in the appendicular musculature of the Hawaiian finches, or honeycreepers, of the tribe Drepanidini, subfamily Carduelinae, which he interpreted as providing strong evidence for a monophyletic origin of the group.
Bock (1970, 1979) and Richards and Bock (1973) acknowledged the drepanidines to have been derived from the Carduelinae, and considered Ciridops to be basal to the entire radiation, having given rise both to the 'red and black' group and to Loxops and the remainder of the radiation, including all the taxa that are much more finch-like than Ciridops.
Tordoff (1954) on the basis of skull characters placed the Estrildinae in the Ploceidae, near the Carduelinae.