Alaudidae

Belongs within: Sylviida.Contains: Eremopterix, ‘Ammomanes’ deserti, Mirafra, Spizocorys, Alauda, Galerida, Calandrella. The Alaudidae are the larks, a family of insectivorous birds found primarily in the Old World (a single species, the horned lark Eremophila alpestris, is found in the Americas). Few larks are very colorful, but they generally have powerful songs which they perform in… Continue reading Alaudidae

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Galerida cristata

Belongs within: Galerida. The crested lark Galerida cristata is a polytypic species found in temperate Eurasia and northern Africa. It is mostly dark-streaked grey above and whitish below, with reddish underwings and an erectile crest. Galerida cristata (Linnaeus 1758)L03 [=Alauda cristataM02, Ptilocorys cristataM01] |–G. c. cristata (see below for synonymy)L03 |–G. c. alexanderi Neumann 1908L03… Continue reading Galerida cristata

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Hirundinidae

Belongs within: Sylviida.Contains: Psalidoprocne, Delichon, Cecropis, Petrochelidon, Hirundo, Riparia. The Hirundinidae contains the swallows and martins, highly aerial insectivorous birds found worldwide. Swallows have long, pointed wings, and can only walk with some difficulty. Characters (from Austin 1961): Small, about 10-23 cm long; body small, plumage compact. Bill small, triangular; gape wide; facial bristles present. Bronchial… Continue reading Hirundinidae

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Acrocephalus

Belongs within: Acrocephalidae. The genus Acrocephalus includes the reed warblers, a cosmopolitan group of insectivorous birds generally found in marshy habitats. Most Acrocephalus species are brown in colour. However, phylogenetic analysis also indicates the inclusion in this group of the papyrus yellow warbler Chloropeta gracilirostris, a more brightly coloured species with olive-brown upper parts and… Continue reading Acrocephalus

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Phylloscopus

Belongs within: Sylviida. Phylloscopus, the leaf-warblers, is a genus of small insectivorous birds found in Eurasia and Africa. Most Phylloscopus species are predominantly green or brown and may be difficult to distinguish by their appearance alone, though most have distinctive calls. <==Phylloscopus Boie 1826M02 [incl. Phyllopneuste Boie 1828B94; Phyllopneustinae, Phylloscopidae, Phylloscopinae] | i. s.: P.… Continue reading Phylloscopus

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Sylvia

Belongs within: Sylviidae. Sylvia is a genus of warblers found in Eurasia and Africa. Though long treated as the type genus of the ‘warbler family’ Sylviidae, more recent studies have indicated that Sylvia is not closely related to other ‘warbler’ genera. Sylvia Scopoli 1769M02 [incl. Alsoecus Kaup 1829B94, Philomela Link 1806B94, ParisomaJF06; Alsoecinae] |–+–S. desertiJF06… Continue reading Sylvia

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Timaliidae

Belongs within: Sylviida.Contains: Pomatorhinus. Apalopteron familiare hahasima Published 15 December 2009 Apalopteron familiare, the Bonin honeyeater, is a small bird of the Japanese Ogasawara (or Bonin) island group in the north-west Pacific. Phylogenetically speaking, it’s been shuffled around a bit over the years—originally described as a species of bulbul, it seems to have been regarded… Continue reading Timaliidae

Muscicapida

Belongs within: Passerides.Contains: Certhioidea, Luscinia, Cinclus, Turdidae, Muscicapidae, Mimidae, Sturnidae, Regulus. The Muscicapoidea is a clade of passerine birds including the Old World flycatchers, thrushes, starlings and related species. Muscicapoids are speciose throughout the Northern Hemisphere, with Turdinae and Mimidae extending into South America. The tomb of the unknown honeyeater Published 17 December 2008 GrrlScientist… Continue reading Muscicapida