Aegithalidae (bushtits or long-tailed tits)

Phylogenetic placement: Passeri: Passerides: Sylviida: Aegithaloidea

Distribution: Eurasia and western North America

Number of extant genera: 3

Number of extant species: ~15

References

Barker FK, Barrowclough GF, and Groth JG (2002) A phylogenetic hypothesis for passerine birds: taxonomic and biogeographic implications of an analysis of nuclear DNA sequence data, Proc. R. Soc. B 269, 295-308 (abstract)

Barker FK, Cibois A, Schikler P, Feinstein J, and Cracraft J (2004) Phylogeny and diversification of the largest avian radiation, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci U.S.A. 101, 11040-45. (pdf)

Ericson PGP, Klopfstein S, Irestedt M, Nguyen JMT, and Nylander JAA (2014), Dating the diversification of the major lineages of Passeriformes (Aves), BMC Ecol. Evol. 14, e:8. (free pdf)

Johansson US, Ericson PGP, Fjeldsa J, and Irestedt M (2016), The phylogenetic position of the world's smallest passerine, the Pygmy Bushtit Psaltria exilis, Ibis 158, 519-529. (abstract)

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Lovette IJ, and Bermignham E (2000), C-mos variation in songbirds: molecular evolution, phylogenetic implications, and comparisons with mitochondrial differentiation, Mol. Biol. Evol. 17, 1569-1577. (pdf)

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Päckert M, Martens J, and Sun YH (2010), Phylogeny of long-tailed tits and allies inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear markers (Aves: Passeriformes, Aegithalidae), Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 55, 952-967. (abstract)

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