Cisticolidae (cisticolas)

Phylogenetic placement: Passeri: Passerides: Sylviida

Distribution: Africa, Eurasia, Wallacea, Australia

Number of extant genera: 26

Number of extant species: 171


Alström P, Ericson PGP, Olsson U, and Sundberg P (2006), Phylogeny and classification of the avian superfamily Sylvioidea, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 47, 960-973. (abstract) 

Alström P, Rasmussen PC, Xia C, Zhang L, Liu C, Magnusson J, Shafaeipour A, and Olsson U (2021), Morphology, vocalizations, and mitochondrial DNA suggest that the Graceful Prinia is two species, Ornithology 138, e:ukab014. (free pdf)

Bowie RCK, Pasquet E, McEntee JP, Njilima F, and Fjeldså J (2018), The systematics and biogeography of African tailorbirds (Cisticolidae: Artisornis) with comment on the choice of Bayesian branch-length prior when analyzing heterogeneous data, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 118, 172-183. (free pdf) 

Davies OR (2015), Taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of cisticolas (Cisticola spp.), PhD Thesis, University of Cape Town, 222 pp. (free pdf)

Fjeldså J, Dinesen L, Davies OR, Irestedt M, Krabbe NK, Hansen LA, and Bowie RCK (2021), Description of two new Cisticola species endemic to the marshes of the Kilombero floodplain of southwestern Tanzania, Ibis 163, 1330-54. (abstract) 

Fuchs J, and Zuccon D (2018), On the genetic distinctiveness of tailorbirds (Cisticolidae: Orthotomus) from the South-east Asian mainland with the description of a new subspecies, Avian Res. 9, e:31. (free pdf)

Johansson US, Fjeldså J, and Bowie RCK (2008), Phylogenetic relationships within Passerida (Aves: Passeriformes): a review and a new molecular phylogeny based on three nuclear intron markers, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 48, 858-876. (abstract)

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) 

Mahood SP, John AJI, Eames JC, Oliveros CH, Moyle RG, Hong C, Poole CM, Nielsen H, and Sheldon FH (2013), A new species of lowland tailorbird (Passeriformes: Cisticolidae: Orthotomus) from the Mekong floodplain from Cambodia, Forktail 29, 1-14. (free 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) 

Nguembock B, Fjeldså J, Tillier A, and Pasquet E (2007), A phylogeny for the Cisticolidae (Aves: Passeriformes) based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequence data, and a re-interpretation of an [sic] unique nest-building specialization, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 42, 272-286. (abstract) 

Nguembock B, Fjeldså J, Couloux A, Cruaud C, and Pasquet E (2008), Polyphyly of the genus Apalis and a new generic name for the species pulchra and ruwenzorii, Ibis 150, 756-765. (abstract) 

Nguembock B, Cruaud C, and Denys C (2012), A large evaluation of passerine cisticolids (Aves: Passeriformes): more about their phylogeny and diversification, Open Ornithol. J. 5, 42-56. (pdf)

Oliveros CH, Reddy S, and Moyle RG (2012), The phylogenetic position of some Philippine “babblers“ spans the muscicapoid and sylvioid bird radiations, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 65, 799-804. (abstract)

Oliveros CH, Field DJ, Ksepka DT, Barker KF, Aleixo A, Andersen MJ, Alström P, Benz BW, Braun EL, Braun MJ, Bravo GA, Brumfield RT, Chesser RT,  Claramunt S, Cracraft J, Cuervo AM, Derryberry EP, Glenn TC, Harvey MG, Hosner PA, Joseph L, Kimball RT, Mack AL, Miskelly CM, Peterson AT, Robbins MB, Sheldon FH, Silveira LF, Smith BT, White ND, Moyle RG, and Faircloth BC (2019), Earth history and the passerine superradiation, PNAS 116, 7915-25. (pdf) 

Olsson U, Irestedt M, Sangster G, Ericson PGP, and Alström P (2013), Systematic revision of the avian family Cisticolidae based on a multi-locus phylogeny of all genera, Mol, Phylogenet. Evol. 66, 790-799. (abstract) 

Sheldon FH, Oliveros CH, Taylor SS, McKay B, Lim HC, Rahman MA, Mays H, and Moyle RG (2012), Molecular phylogeny and insular biogeography of the lowland tailorbirds of Southeast Asia (Cisticolidae: Orthotomus), Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 65, 54-63. (abstract)

Stiller J, Feng S, Chowdhury AA, Rivas-González I, Duchêne DA, Fang Q, Deng Y, Kozlov A, Stamatakis A, Claramunt S, Nguyen JMT, Ho SYW, Faircloth BC, Haag J, Houde P, Cracraft J, Balaban M, Mai U, Chen G, Gao R, Zhou C, Xie Y, Huang Z, Cao Z, Yan Z, Ogilvie HA, Nakhleh L, Lindow B, Morel B, Fjeldså J, Hosner PA, da Fonseca RR, Petersen B, Tobias JA, Székely T, Kennedy JD, Reeve AH, Liker A, Stervander M, Antunes A, Tietze DT, Bertelsen M, Lei F, Rahbek C, Graves GR, Schierup MH, Warnow T, Braun EL, Gilbert MTP, Jarvis ED, Mirarab S, and Zhang G (2024), Complexity of avian evolution revealed by family-level genomes, Nature (preview pdf)