„Avitaxonomicon“

Avitaxonomicon is a private website that intends to put together up-to-date scientific information on the systematics of birds. Individual families are treated to genus level, but the exceedingly speciose perching birds (Passeriformes) are treated to family level only. 

The project started in 2016, driven by my fascination for birds. Over the years, I realised that today’s taxonomy is still incomplete, lacking a specification how to assign categorical ranks to taxa. I consider the application of temporal thresholds the only universal way to delimit categorical ranks, including species rank. A first step towards a possible solution to the rank-allocation issue is suggested on the page “(Chrono-) Taxonomics”. 


Preferred citation: 

Fänger, H (2022), Avitaxonomicon website, https://www.bird-phylogeny.de