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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2009

Phylogeny of babblers (Aves, Passeriformes): major lineages, family limits and classification

Gelang, Magnus; Cibois, Alice; Pasquet, Eric; Olsson, Urban; Alstrom, Per; Ericson, Per G. P.


Babblers, family Timaliidae, have long been subject to debate on systematic position, family limits and internal taxonomy. In this study, we use five molecular regions to estimate the relationships among a large proportion of genera traditionally placed in Timaliidae. We find good support for five main clades within this radiation, and propose a new classification, dividing the babblers into the families Sylviidae and Timaliidae. Within the latter family, four subfamilies are recognized: Zosteropinae, Timaliinae, Pellorneinae and Leiothrichinae. Several taxa, previously not studied with molecular data, are phylogenetically placed within Sylviidae or Timaliidae. This is, however, not the case for the genus Pnoepyga, for which we propose the family name Pnoepygidae fam. n.

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Zoologica Scripta
2009, Volume: 38, number: 3, pages: 225-236

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