Dusky grasswren Amytornis purnelli, from Christopher Watson.

Belongs within: Euoscines.
Contains: Meliphagidae, Acanthizidae, Malurus.

The Meliphagoidea is a clade of birds found in the Australasian region, supported by molecular analysis. The clade includes the honeyeaters (Meliphagidae), fairy wrens (Maluridae), pardalotes (Pardalotus), Australasian warblers (Acanthizidae) and bristlebirds (Dasyornis).

    |--+--Dasyornis Vigors & Horsfield 1827JF06, B94 [Dasyornithidae, Dasyornithinae]
    |  |    |--D. brachypterus (Latham 1801)WS48 [=Turdus brachypterusWS48; incl. D. brachypterus monoidesM03]
    |  |    `--+--D. broadbenti (McCoy 1867) [=Sphenura broadbenti]WS48
    |  |       |    |--D. b. broadbentiM03
    |  |       |    |--D. b. caryochrousM03
    |  |       |    `--D. b. litoralis (Milligan 1902) [=Sphenura litoralis]WS48
    |  |       `--D. longirostris Gould 1840JT12, WS48 (see below for synonymy)
    |  `--+--MeliphagidaeBKB15
    |     `--+--AcanthizidaeBKB15
    |        `--Pardalotus Vieillot 1816BKB15, B94 [Pardalotidae, Pardalotinae]
    |             |  i. s.: P. melanocephalus Gould 1838WS48 (see below for synonymy)
    |             |         P. quadragintusM03
    |             |         P. substriatus Mathews 1912 [=P. striatus substriatus]WS48
    |             |           |--P. s. substriatusWS48
    |             |           `--P. s. murchisoni Mathews 1912 (see below for synonymy)WS48
    |             |         P. xanthopygus McCoy 1867WS48 [=P. punctatus xanthopygusM03]
    |             |--P. punctatus (Shaw 1792)BKB15, WS48 [=Pipra punctataWS48; incl. Pa. punctatus whitlocki Mathews 1912WS48]
    |             |    |--P. p. punctatusM03
    |             |    `--P. p. militarisM03
    |             `--+--P. rubricatus Gould 1838BKB15, WS48 (see below for synonymy)
    |                |    |--P. r. rubricatusM03
    |                |    `--P. r. yorkiM03
    |                `--P. striatusBKB15
    |                     |--P. s. striatusM03
    |                     |--P. s. melvillensisM03
    |                     |--P. s. ornatusM03
    |                     `--P. s. uropygialisM03
    `--Maluridae [Malurinae, Waluridae]BB05
         |  i. s.: Sipodotus wallaciiJT12
         |  |  `--Clytomyias insignisBKB15
         |  `--Stipiturus Lesson 1831JF06, B94 [Stipituridae]
         |       |--S. malachurus (Shaw 1798)BKB15, WS48 [=Muscicapa malachuraWS48]
         |       |    |--S. m. malachurusM03
         |       |    |--S. m. halmaturinusM03
         |       |    |--S. m. hartogi Carter 1916WS48
         |       |    |--S. m. intermediusM03
         |       |    |--S. m. littleriM03
         |       |    |--S. m. medius Mathews 1919 [=S. m. media]WS48
         |       |    |--S. m. parimedaM03
         |       |    |--S. m. polionotumM03
         |       |    `--S. m. westernensis Campbell 1912 [incl. S. malachurus rothschildi Mathews 1912]WS48
         |       `--+--S. malleeBKB15
         |          `--S. ruficeps Campbell 1899BKB15, WS48
         `--Amytornis Stejneger 1885JF06, B94 [Amytornithidae]
              |--+--A. merrotsyiBKB15 [=A. striatus merrotsyiM03]
              |  `--+--A. striatus (Gould 1839)JT12, WS48 [=Dasyornis striatusWS48]
              |     |    |--A. s. striatusWS48
              |     |    `--A. s. whitei Mathews 1910 [incl. A. striatus oweni Mathews 1911]WS48
              |     `--+--A. dorotheaeJT12
              |        `--A. woodwardiJT12
              `--+--A. barbatusBKB15
                 |    |--A. b. barbatusM03
                 |    `--A. b. diamantinaM03
                 `--+--A. textilis (Dumont 1824)BKB15, WS48 [=Malurus textilisWS48]
                    |    |--A. t. textilis (see below for synonymy)WS48
                    |    |--A. t. modestaM03
                    |    `--A. t. myallM03
                    `--+--A. housei (Milligan 1902)JT12, WS48 [=Amytis houseiWS48; incl. Magnamytis kimberleyi Mathews 1923WS48]
                       `--+--A. goyderiJT12
                          `--+--A. ballaraeJT12 [=A. purnelli ballaraeM03]
                             `--A. purnelliJT12

Amytornis textilis textilis [incl. Diaphorillas textilis carteri Mathews 1917, Amytis gigantura Milligan 1901, Amytis macrourus Gould 1847, Diaphorillas textilis morgani Mathews 1912, Amytis varia Carter 1908]WS48

Dasyornis longirostris Gould 1840JT12, WS48 [=D. brachypterus longirostrisWS48; incl. D. longirostris mastersi Mathews 1923WS48]

Pardalotus melanocephalus Gould 1838WS48 [=P. striatus melanocephalusM03; incl. P. melanocephalus inexpectatus Mathews 1912WS48, P. melanocephalus pilbarra Mathews 1923WS48, P. melanocephalus tormenti Mathews 1912WS48]

Pardalotus rubricatus Gould 1838BKB15, WS48 [incl. P. pallida Campbell 1909WS48, P. rubricatus parryi Mathews 1912WS48]

Pardalotus substriatus murchisoni Mathews 1912 [=P. striatus murchisoni; incl. P. striatus rogersi Mathews 1912, P. striatus westraliensis Mathews 1912]WS48

*Type species of generic name indicated


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

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[WS48] Whittell, H. M., & D. L. Serventy. 1948. A systematic list of the birds of Western Australia. Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Special Publication 1: 1–126.

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