Alaudidae (larks)

Phylogenetic placement: Passeri: Passerides: Sylviida: Alaudoidea

Distribution: present in Old World, Wallacea and Australia, absent in Central and South America and New Zealand

Number of extant genera: 24

Number of extant species: 102

References

Alström P, Mohammadi Z, Enbody ED, Irestedt M, Engelbrecht D, Crochet PA, Guillaumet A, Rancilhac L, Tieleman BI, Olsson U, Donald PF, and Stervander M (2023) Systematics of the avian family Alaudidae using multilocus and genomic data, Avian Res. 14, e:100095. (view pdf)

Alström P, Mohammadi Z, Donald PF, Nymark M, Enbody ED, Irestedt M, Barde Elisha E, Ndithia HK, Tieleman BI, Engelbrecht D, Olsson U, Rancilhac L, and Stervander M (2024) Integrative taxonomy reveals unrecognised species diversity in African Corypha larks (Aves: Alaudidae), Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 200, 1080-1108. (free pdf)

Kuhl H, Frankl-Vilches C, Bakker A, Mayr G, Nikolaus G, Boerno ST, Klages S, Timmermann B, and Gahr M (2021), An unbiased molecular approach using 3'UTRs resolves the avian family-level tree of life, MolBiolEvol. 38, 108-127. (pdf) 

Moyle RG, Oliveros CH, Andersen MJ, Hosner PA, Benz BW, Manthey JD, Travers SL, Brown RM, and Faircloth BC (2016) Tectonic collision and uplift of Wallacea triggered the global songbird radiation, Nature Comm. 7, e:12709. (free pdf)

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