Leiothrichidae (laughingthrushes and allies)

Phylogenetic placement: Passeri: Passerides: Sylviida: Sylvioidea

Distribution: Africa and Eurasia

Number of extant genera: 16

Number of extant species: ~133


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Bai G, Yuan Q, Guo Q, Duan Y (2023), Identification and phylogenetic analysis in Pterorhinus chinensis (Aves, Passeriformes, Leiothrichidae) based on complete mitogenome, ZooKeys 1172, 15-30. (free pdf)

Cai T, Cibois A, Alström P, Moyle RG, Kennedy JG, Shao S, Zhang R, Irestedt M, Ericson PGP, Gelang M, Qu Y, Lei F, and Fjeldså J (2019), Near-complete phylogeny and taxonomic revision of the world’s babblers (Aves: Passeriformes), Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 130, 346-356. (pdf) 

Cai T, Shao S, Kennedy JD, Alström P, Moyle RG, Qu Y,Lei F, and Fjeldså J (2020), The role of evolutionary time, diversification rates and dispersal in determining the global diversity of a large radiation of passerine birds, J. Biogeogr. 47, 1612-25. (free reading)

Cibois A, Gelang M, Alström P, Pasquet E, Fjeldså J, Ericson PGP, and Olsson U (2018), Comprehensive phylogeny of the laughingthrushes and allies (Aves, Leiothrichidae) and a proposal for a revised taxonomy, Zool. Scr. 47, 428-440. (abstract)

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) 

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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, Andersen MJ, Oliveros CH, Steinheimer FD, and Reddy S (2012), Phylogeny and biogeography of the core babblers (Aves: Timaliidae), Syst. Biol. 61, 631-651. (free pdf)

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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)

Zhang L, Xu D, Xia T, Yang X, Sun G, Wei Q, Sha W, and Zhang H (2018), The complete mitochondrial genome of red-tailed laughingthrush (Garrulax milnei), Mitochondrial DNA B 3, 953-954. (pdf)