Male fawn-breasted bowerbird Chlamydera cerviniventris at his bower, photographed by Steve Murphy.

Belongs within: Euoscines.

The Ptilonorhynchidae include the bowerbirds and catbirds of Australasia. Bowerbirds are known for the often ornate display stages constructed out of twigs by the males, which may be further decorated with colourful objects.

<==Ptilonorhynchidae [Scenopidae, Tectonarchidae]
    |  i. s.: Scenopoeus dentirostrisN87
    |--+--Ailuroedus Cabanis 1851BKB15, B94 [Ailuroedidae]
    |  |    |--A. buccoidesJT12
    |  |    |--A. crassirostrisJF06 [incl. A. smithiiN87]
    |  |    `--A. melanotisJF06
    |  |         |--A. m. melanotisM03
    |  |         |--A. m. joanaeM03
    |  |         `--A. m. maculosisM03
    |  `--+--Scenopoeetes dentirostrisBKB15 [=Ailuroedus dentirostrisJF06]
    |     `--Amblyornis Elliot 1872JT12, B94 [Amblyornithidae]
    |          |  i. s.: A. flavifronsF95
    |          |--A. subalarisJF06
    |          `--+--A. newtonianaBKB15 [=Prionodura newtonianaJF06]
    |             `--+--+--A. inornataJT12
    |                |  `--Archboldia papuensisJT12
    |                `--A. macgregoriaeJF06
    `--+--Ptilonorhynchus Kuhl 1820BKB15, B94
       |    |--P. maculatusSJ85
       |    `--P. violaceusJF06 [incl. P. holosericeusCH89]
       |         |--P. v. violaceusM03
       |         `--P. v. minorM03
       `--+--Sericulus Swainson 1825JT12, B94 [Sericulidae]
          |    |  i. s.: S. melinus (Latham 1801) [=Turdus melinus]N87
          |    |--+--+--S. ardensBKB15
          |    |  |  `--S. aureusJT12
          |    |  `--S. bakeriJT12
          |    `--S. chrysocephalusJT12
          |         |--S. c. chrysocephalusM03
          |         `--S. c. rothschildiM03
          `--Chlamydera Gould 1837JF06, B94 [Chlamyderidae]
               |  i. s.: C. guttata Gould 1862JT12, WS48
               |           |--C. g. guttata (see below for synonymy)WS48
               |           `--C. g. carteriM03
               |--C. lauterbachiBKB15
               `--+--C. maculata (Gould 1837)BKB15, WS48 [=Calodera maculataWS48]
                  `--+--C. cerviniventrisBKB15
                     `--C. nuchalis (Jardine & Selby 1830)JT12, WS48 (see below for synonymy)
                          |--C. n. nuchalisM03
                          |--C. n. orientalisM03
                          `--C. n. yorkiM03

Chlamydera guttata guttata Gould 1862 [=C. maculata guttata; incl. C. m. nova Mathews 1920, C. m. subguttata Mathews 1912]WS48

Chlamydera nuchalis (Jardine & Selby 1830)JT12, WS48 [=Ptilonorhynchus nuchalisWS48; incl. C. nuchalis oweni Mathews 1912WS48]

*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.

[CH89] Cox, J. D., & A. G. Hamilton. 1889. A list of the birds of the Mudgee district, with notes on their habits, etc. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, series 2, 4 (2): 395–424.

[F95] Fuller, E. 1995. The Lost Birds of Paradise. Swan Hill Press: Shrewsbury (UK).

[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.

[JF06] Jønsson, K. A., & J. Fjeldså. 2006. A phylogenetic supertree of oscine passerine birds. Zoologica Scripta 35: 149–186.

[M03] Morcombe, M. 2003. Field Guide to Australian Birds 2nd ed. Steve Parish Publishing.

[N87] North, A. J. 1887. Notes on the bower-birds (fam. Scenopidae) of Australia. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, series 2, 1 (4): 1155–1162.

[SJ85] Storr, G. M., & R. E. Johnstone. 1985. Field Guide to the Birds of Western Australia 2nd ed. Western Australian Museum: Perth (Australia).

[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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