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


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


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


Belongs within: Muscicapidae. Saxicola, the stonechats, is a genus of small birds found in Eurasia and Africa with a straight bill longer than the middle toe, long tarsi, long compressed claws, and white or rufous coloration at the base of the tail. <==Saxicola Bechstein 1803M02 [incl. Pratincola Koch 1816B94; Pratincolinae] |–+–S. gutturalisJT12 | `–+–S. ferreusBKB15… Continue reading Saxicola


Belongs within: Muscicapida. The Mimidae, mockingbirds and thrashers, are medium-sized thrush-like birds found in the New World. They have short wings, a long tail and long legs, and are usually dull in coloration (Internet Bird Collection). <==Mimidae |–+–MelanotisJF06 | | |–M. caerulescensJF06 | | |–M. hypoleucusBKB15 | | `–M. longicaudatusJT12 | `–+–Melanoptila glabirostrisBKB15 | `–+–Dumetella… Continue reading Mimidae


Belongs within: Muscicapidae. Cercotrichas, the scrub robins, is a genus of insectivorous birds found in Africa and southern Eurasia. Phylogenetic analysis indicates that the genus is possibly paraphyletic with regard to the shamas of the genus Copsychus (Burleigh et al. 2015). <==Cercotrichas Boie 1831 [incl. Erythropygia Smith 1836; Cercotrichadinae, Erythropygiinae]B94 | i. s.: ‘Erythropygia’ signataJT12… Continue reading Cercotrichas


Belongs within: Troglodytidae. Troglodytes is a genus of small wrens, mostly found in cooler habitats. They are brown in colouration and relatively unpatterned. <==Troglodytes Vieillot 1807M02 [incl. Anorthura Rennie 1831B94; Anorthuridae] | i. s.: T. borealisS05 | T. cobbiN10 | T. furvusSS66 | T. gracilis Brunner 1958M02 | T. hiemalis Vieillot 1899S05 (see below for… Continue reading Troglodytes


Belongs within: Muscicapida.Contains: Cercotrichas, Muscicapa, Cyornis, Sheppardia, Phoenicurus, Monticola, Saxicola, Oenanthe, Myophonus, Ficedula, Larvivora. The Muscicapidae, Old World flycatchers and chats, are a diverse group of insectivorous birds found in Eurasia and Africa. Members of this family have commonly been divided between the more aerial Muscicapinae (Old World flycatchers) and more terrestrial Saxicolinae (chats), with the… Continue reading Muscicapidae


Belongs within: Sturnidae. Aplonis is a genus of starlings found primarily on islands in south-east Asia, Australasia and Oceania. Members of this genus are uniformly dark-coloured as adults (juveniles may have pale underparts), often with a metallic gloss. Notable members include the metallic starling A. metallica, found between the Moluccas, Solomon Islands and northern Queensland,… Continue reading Aplonis


Belongs within: Muscicapidae. Ficedula is a genus of flycatchers found in Eurasia and Africa. Species of Ficedula have a generalised appearance; some are strongly sexually dimorphic, with strikingly coloured males contrasting with drab females. <==Ficedula Brisson 1760 [Ficedulinae]M02 | i. s.: F. basilanicaJT12 | F. collarisHM96 | F. cyanomelanaM03 | F. henriciJT12 | F. solitarisJT12… Continue reading Ficedula