Corvus

Belongs within: Corvidae. The crows of the genus Corvus are large, predominantly black passerine birds. Crows are mostly generalist feeders, and are found in most parts of the world. The largest species (and the largest-bodied of all passerine birds) is the raven Corvus corax, which is found scattered throughout the Palaearctic region. The phylogenetic analysis… Continue reading Corvus

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Lanius

Belongs within: Corvoidea. The genus Lanius contains the northern shrikes of Eurasia, Africa and North America. Shrikes are predatory passerines with sharply hooked bills that feed on insects and small vertebrates, and are known for their habit of caching prey by pinning it on thorns. The yellow-billed shrike Corvinella corvina of tropical Africa is a… Continue reading Lanius

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Paridae

Belongs within: Sylviida.Contains: Parus. The Paridae, tits, are a family of mostly very small, often boldly patterned birds found in Eurasia, Africa and North America. Most species have short, stout, pointed bills with the nostrils partially concealed by feathers, and rounded wings with the outermost of the ten primary feathers only half the length of… Continue reading Paridae

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Paradisaeidae

Belongs within: Corvoidea. The Paradisaeidae, birds of paradise, are a group of stout-billed birds found in northern Australasia. Males of this family are often extremely colourful and/or ornately plumed, and may perfom complex mating displays. The manucodes of the genera Manucodia and Phonygammus have iridescent blackish plumage and loud, trumpeting calls. On hybrid birds Published… Continue reading Paradisaeidae

Hirundo

Belongs within: Hirundinidae. The genus Hirundo includes the barn swallow H. rustica, welcome swallow H. neoxena, and related species. Authors have differed in the circumscription of this genus: at its broadest, it may include nearly all the hirundine swallows. Species of Hirundo as recognised here generally have blue upperparts, rufous throats and pale underparts, and… Continue reading Hirundo

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Alauda

Belongs within: Alaudidae. Alauda, the skylarks, are a genus of larks found in the Palaearctic region (with the Eurasian skylark Alauda arvensis also introduced to eastern Australia, New Zealand and North America). Members of this genus have streaked brown upperparts, pale underparts and a short erectile crest. The Oriental skylark A. gulgula of eastern Asia… Continue reading Alauda

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Certhioidea

Belongs within: Muscicapida.Contains: Troglodytidae. The Certhioidea is a clade of passerine birds supported by molecular analyses, uniting the families Certhiidae, Sittidae and Troglodytidae. Certhioids are small, mostly dull-coloured birds that generally feed by gleaning insects off vegetation, though Sittidae also eat seeds. The Polioptilidae, gnatcatchers and gnatwrens, are a New World group of small, dainty… Continue reading Certhioidea

Turdus

Belongs within: Turdidae. Turdus, the true thrushes, is a large cosmopolitan genus of omnivorous songbirds native to all continents except Antarctica and Australia. The majority of species are mottled brown in coloration, often with streaked or spotted pale underparts, but some species are darker in coloration. These include the Eurasian blackbird Turdus merula, the males… Continue reading Turdus

Dicaeidae

Belongs within: Passerida. The Dicaeidae, flower peckers, are an Indo-Australian group of small birds with short, slightly down-curved bills and tubular tongues. Most species are brightly coloured, and feed on fruit, nectar and small insects. Flowerpeckers are divided between the genera Prionochilus, which retain a fully developed tenth primary on the wing, and Dicaeum, in which… Continue reading Dicaeidae

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Sturnidae

Belongs within: Muscicapida.Contains: Aplonis, Onychognathus, Lamprotornis, Acridotheres. The Sturnidae, starlings, are a family of medium-sized omnivorous birds native to the Old World, though the common starling Sturnus vulgaris has also been introduced to North America. Members of the family are often boldly coloured, often with glossy metallic plumage. However, the Philippine creepers of the genus… Continue reading Sturnidae