White-breasted woodswallow Artamus leucorynchus, copyright T. R. Shankar Raman.

Belongs within: Corvides.

Artamus, the woodswallows, is a genus of plump, highly aerial birds with long, pointed wings found in southern Asia and Australasia.

Artamus Vieillot 1816 CC10 (see below for synonymy)
    |  i. s.: A. fuscus JT12
    |         A. insignis JT12
    |         ‘Lanius’ leucogaster [=Ocypterus leucogaster] W66
    |         A. maximus JT12
    |         A. melanoleucus S13
    |         A. mentalis JT12
    |         A. monachus JT12
    |         A. papuensis [=Ocypterus papuensis] W66
    |–+–A. personatus (Gould 1841) BKB15, CC10 [=Ocypterus personatus CC10]
    |  `–A. superciliosus (Gould 1837) BKB15, CC10 (see below for synonymy)
    `–+–+–*A. leucorynchus (Linnaeus 1771) CC10, BKB15, WS48 (see below for synonymy)
       |  |    |–A. l. leucorynchus WS48
       |  |    `–A. l. leucopygialis Gould 1842 [incl. A. leucorhynchus harterti Mathews 1912] WS48
       |  `–A. cyanopterus (Latham 1801) BKB15, WS48 (see below for synonymy)
       `–+–A. cinereus Vieillot 1817 BKB15, WS48
          |    |–A. c. cinereus WS48
          |    |–A. c. albiventris [incl. A. c. dealbatus, A. c. normani] M03
          |    |–A. c. melanops Gould 1865 [incl. A. tregallasi Mathews 1911] WS48
          |    `–A. c. venustus Sharpe 1878 WS48
          `–A. minor Vieillot 1817 BKB15, WS48 [incl. A. minor derbyi Mathews 1912 WS48]

Artamus Vieillot 1816 CC10 [incl. Leptopteryx Horsfield 1821 B94, Ocypterus Cuvier 1816 B94; Leptopterygidae, Ocypteridae]

Artamus cyanopterus (Latham 1801) BKB15, WS48 [=Loxia cyanoptera WS48; incl. Angroyan cyanopterus perthi Mathews 1915 WS48, Artamus cyanopterus perthi M03]

*Artamus leucorynchus (Linnaeus 1771) CC10, BKB15, WS48 [=Lanius leucorhynchus CC10, Leptopteryx leucorhynchus W66; incl. L. dominicanus W66, L. manillensis W66]

Artamus superciliosus (Gould 1837) BKB15, CC10 [=Ocypterus superciliosus CC10; incl. Campbellornis superciliosus pallida Mathews 1916 WS48]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B94] Bock, W. J. 1994. History and nomenclature of avian family-group names. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 222: 1–281.

[BKB15] Burleigh, J. G., R. T. Kimball & E. L. Braun. 2015. Building the avian tree of life using a large-scale, sparse supermatrix. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 84: 53–63.

[CC10] Checklist Committee (OSNZ). 2010. Checklist of the Birds of New Zealand, Norfolk and Macquarie Islands, and the Ross Dependency, Antarctica 4th ed. Ornithological Society of New Zealand and Te Papa Press: Wellington.

[JT12] Jetz, W., G. H. Thomas, J. B. Joy, K. Hartmann & A. Ø. Mooers. 2012. The global diversity of birds in space and time. Nature 491: 444–448.

[M03] Morcombe, M. 2003. Field Guide to Australian Birds 2nd ed. Steve Parish Publishing.

[S13] Sarasin, F. 1913. Die Vögel Neu-Caledoniens und der Loyalty-Inseln. In: Sarasin, F., & J. Roux (eds) Nova Caledonia: Forschungen in Neu-Caledonian und auf den Loyalty-Inseln. A. Zoologie vol. 1 pt 1 pp. 1–78, pls 1–3. C. W. Kreidels Verlag: Wiesbaden.

[W66] Walden, A. 1866. Notes on birds collected in Tennasserim and in the Andaman Islands. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 537–556.

[WS48] Whittell, H. M., & D. L. Serventy. 1948. A systematic list of the birds of Western Australia. Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Special Publication 1: 1–126.

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