Seychelles magpie-robins Copsychus sechellarum, copyright Martin Harvey.

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
    |--+--C. coryphaeusBKB15 [=Erythropygia coryphaeusJT12]
    |  `--+--C. quadrivirgataBKB15 [=Erythropygia quadrivirgataJT12]
    |     `--+--C. barbataBKB15 [=Erythropygia barbataJT12]
    |        `--C. leucostictaBKB15 [=Erythropygia leucostictaJT12]
    `--+--+--Trichixos pyrropygusJT12
       |  `--Copsychus Wagler 1827JT12, B94 [Copsychinae]
       |       |  i. s.: C. longirostrisS42
       |       |         C. picaS66
       |       |--C. pyrropygusBKB15
       |       `--+--C. luzoniensisBKB15
       |          `--+--+--C. cebuensisJT12 [=C. niger cebuensisUSDI77]
       |             |  `--C. nigerJT12
       |             `--+--C. malabaricusJT12
       |                |    |--C. m. malabaricusL81
       |                |    `--C. m. indicusL81
       |                `--C. stricklandiiJT12
       `--+--+--C. paenaBKB15 [=Erythropygia paenaJT12]
          |  `--+--+--C. galactotesBKB15 [=Erythropygia galactotesJT12]
          |     |  `--C. podobeBKB15
          |     `--+--C. hartlaubiBKB15 [=Erythropygia hartlaubiJT12]
          |        `--C. leucophrysBKB15 [=Erythropygia leucophrysJT12]
          `--+--Saxicoloides Lesson 1832JT12, B94 [incl. Thamnobia Swainson 1832B94; Thamnobiinae]
             |    `--S. fulicatusJT12 [=Copsychus fulicatusBKB15]
             `--+--‘Copsychus’ albospecularisJT12
                `--+--‘Copsychus’ sechellarumJT12
                   `--+--‘Copsychus’ saularisJT12 [=Gracula saularisW66]
                      `--‘Cyornis’ hainanusJT12

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B94] Bock, W. J. 1994. History and nomenclature of avian family-group names. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 222: 1–281.

[BKB15] Burleigh, J. G., R. T. Kimball & E. L. Braun. 2015. Building the avian tree of life using a large-scale, sparse supermatrix. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 84: 53–63.

[JT12] Jetz, W., G. H. Thomas, J. B. Joy, K. Hartmann & A. Ø. Mooers. 2012. The global diversity of birds in space and time. Nature 491: 444–448.

[L81] Long, J. L. 1981. Introduced Birds of the World: The worldwide history, distribution and influence of birds introduced to new environments. Reed: Sydney.

[S66] Schlegel, H. 1866. Communication from, on mammals and birds collected in Madagascar. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 419–426.

[S42] Strickland, H. E. 1842. Account of the birds in the Chinese collection exhibited at Hyde Park Corner. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 10: 166–168.

[USDI77] USDI (United States Department of the Interior). 1977. Endangered and threatened wildlife and plants—republication of list of species. Federal Register 42: 36420–36431.

[W66] Walden, A. 1866. Notes on birds collected in Tennasserim and in the Andaman Islands. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 537–556.

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