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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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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Locustellidae

Belongs within: Sylviida. The Locustellidae, grass warblers and grassbirds, are a group of slender, brownish birds with usually long tails found around the Old World. They are supported as a clade by molecular analyses (Jetz et al. 2012). Locustellids are secretive birds, often living concealed among tall grasses (hence the vernacular name). Members include the… Continue reading Locustellidae

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Ammomanes deserti

Belongs within: Alaudidae. Ammomanes deserti, the desert lark, is a medium-sized, robust lark found in arid regions of northern Africa and south-western Asia. It has a relatively large head, heavy bill and dull plumage. <==‘Ammomanes’ deserti (Lichtenstein 1823)L03 |–A. d. deserti [incl. Melanocorypha galeritaria Brehm 1855]L03 |–A. d. annae Meinertzhagen 1923L03 |–A. d. bensoni Meinertzhagen… Continue reading Ammomanes deserti

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Aegithalidae

Belongs within: Sylviida. The Aegithalidae, long-tailed tits, are a group of small birds found in the Holarctic and Oriental regions with a more or less elongate tail, short rounded wings and a short bill. <==Aegithalidae | i. s.: Psaltria exilisJT12 |–Leptopoecile Severtsov 1873JT12, B94 [Leptopoecilinae] | |–L. elegansJT12 | `–L. sophiaeJT12 | |–L. s. sophiaeAE06… Continue reading Aegithalidae

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Pycnonotus

Belongs within: Pycnonotidae. Pycnonotus is a diverse genus of bulbuls found in Africa and southern Asia, with the higher diversity of species in the latter. Notable members include the red-whiskered bulbul P. jocosus, native to southern and south-eastern Asia, which has brown upperparts, whitish underparts, an erect black crest, red cheek-patch and red vent. Pycnonotus… Continue reading Pycnonotus

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Petrochelidon

Belongs within: Hirundinidae. Petrochelidon, the cliff swallows, is a genus of swallows that nest colonially, building nests from mud cemented to surfaces such as cliffs, building walls or inside tree hollows. Members include the tree martin P. nigricans of eastern Indonesia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Australia, which has a metallic blue crown and… Continue reading Petrochelidon

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Cecropis

Belongs within: Hirundinidae. The genus Cecropis includes the striped swallows, and is found in Africa and tropical Asia. Members of this genus have slender tails, red rumps and often streaked underparts, and build closed nests with an entrance tunnel. <==CecropisJF06 |–+–C. semirufaJF06 [=Hirundo semirufaJT12] | `–‘Petrochelidon’ rufocollarisJT12 [=Hirundo rufocollarisJF06] | |–P. r. rufocollarisL03 | `–P.… Continue reading Cecropis

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Cisticolidae

Belongs within: Sylviida.Contains: Cisticola, Prinia, Apalis. The Cisticolidae is a family of warblers, supported by molecular data. The family is most diverse in Africa, with species also found in Eurasia and Australia. <==Cisticolidae [Cisticolinae] | i. s.: Phyllolais pulchellaJT12 | Phragmacia substriataJT12 | Drymocichla incanaJT12 | Malcorus pectoralisJT12 [=Prinia pectoralisB93] | |–M. p. pectoralisB93 |… Continue reading Cisticolidae

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