Belongs within: Fluvicolinae. Conformed flycatchers Published 7 July 2022 A quote I have often had cause to refer to—I believe it originally came from Toby White of Palaeos.com—is that “organisms are under no obligation to speciate with regard to the convenience of taxonomists”. For birdwatchers in North America, perhaps no group more embodies this principle… Continue reading Empidonax


Belongs within: Tyranni. Meet the tityrids Published 1 August 2018 South America may be the most biodiverse continent in the modern world. More species are known from the northern half of South America than from any comparable region of the planet. And yet, for whatever reason(s), many notable groups of South American animals remain distinctly… Continue reading Tityridae

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Belongs within: Furnariida.Contains: Leptasthenura, Phacellodomus, Asthenes, Synallaxeinae, Automolus, Philydor, Cinclodes. The Furnariidae are a family of mostly grey to brown insectivorous birds found in Central and South America. They often have short rounded wings, strong legs and feet, and relatively long tails in which the feather shafts may be strengthened (Internet Bird Collection). They are… Continue reading Furnariidae

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Belongs within: Tyrannidae. The Elaenia elaenias Published 18 November 2013 We are all aware that there are some truly stunning birds out there: majestic eagles and vultures, vibrant parrots and hummingbirds, eye-catching cranes and pelicans. But those of us who spend a lot of time contemplating the nature of bird diversity, whether as bird-watchers or… Continue reading Elaenia


Belongs within: Cotingidae. The Cotinginae: Neotropical and fabulous! Published 19 November 2007 When I used to look through one of the various bird family books I knew and loved as a young’un, the cotingas were somewhere I was bound to stop. Cotingas are a diverse family of largely frugivorous birds from Central and South America.… Continue reading Cotinginae