Passeriformes

The Passeriformes, or perching birds, represent almost two-thirds of all bird species. For this reason, the order is treated here only to family-level: 

Family-level timetree of extant Passeriformes based on Oliveros et al. (2019), Kuhl et al. (2021) and Stiller at al. (2024), with the distribution of each taxon being indicated by the colour-code used throughout this website (Distribution code). In contrast to their treament, however, Lamproliidae are treated here as a separate family rather than a subfamily of Rhipiduridae. Passeri and Tyranni together constitite the Eupasseres. Divergence times follow Stiller et al. (2024). Family-level relationships within Tyranni have been corroborated by the study of Harvey et al. (2020). The phylogenetic placement of Eurocephalus (Eurocephalidae) is corroborated by McCullough et al (2023).

 


Family-level timetree of extant Passerides based on Oliveros et al. (2019), Kuhl et al. (2021), and Stiller et al. (2024; new placement of Cinclidae and Urocynchramidae), with the distribution of each taxon being indicated by the colour-code used throughout this website (Distribution code). The phylogenetic relationships among Sylvioidea have been detailed by Cai et al. (2019). Compared to Oliveros et al. (2019), some taxa have been upgraded to family status: Modulatricidae, Cettiidae, Erythrocercidae, Chaetopidae, and Picathartidae. Divergence times follow Stiller et al. (2024).

References

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Cai T, Wu G, Sun L, Zhang Y, Peng Z, Guo Y, Liu X, Pan T, Chang J, Sun Z, and Zhang B (2021), Biogeography and diversification of Old World buntings (Aves: Emberizidae): radiations in open habitats, J. Avian Biol. 52, e:02672. (free reading) 

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Chesser RT, and ten Have J (2007), On the phylogenetic position of the scrub-birds (Passeriformes: Menurae: Atrichornithidae), J. Ornithol. 148, 471-476. (abstract)

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Cicero C, Mason NA, Benedict L, and Rising JD (2020), Behavioral, morphological, and ecological trait evolution in two clades of New World Sparrows (Aimophila and Peucaea, Passerellidae), PeerJ 8, e:9242. (free pdf)

Claramunt S, Derryberry EP, Brumfield RT, and Remsen JV (2012), Ecological opportunity and diversification in a continental radiation of birds: climbing adaptations and cladogenesis in the Furnariidae, Am. Nat. 179, 649-666. (abstract)

Cuervo AM, Stiles FG, Lentino M, Brumfield RT, and Derryberry EP (2014), Geographic variation and phylogenetic relationships of Myiopagis olallai (Aves: Passeriformes; Tyrannidae), with the description of two new taxa from the northern Andes, Zootaxa 3873, 1-24. (pdf)

DeCicco LH, DeRaad DA, Ostrow EN, and Moyle RG (2023), A complete species-level phylogeny of the Erythrura parrotfinches (Aves: Estrildidae), Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 187, e:107883. (abstract) 

de Silva TN, Peterson AT, Bates JM, Fernando SW, and Girard MG (2017), Phylogenetic relationships of weaverbirds (Aves: Ploceidae): A first robust phylogeny based on mitochondrial and nuclear markers, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 109, 21-42. (abstract)

de Silva TN, Fernando SW, Robbins MB, Cooper JC, Fokam EB, and Peterson AT (2018), Recognition of a new generic-level swallow taxon from central Africa, J. Avian Biol. 49, 1-5. (free reading) 

de Silva TN, Peterson AT, and Perktas U (2019), An extensive molecular phylogeny of weaverbirds (Aves: Ploceidae) unveils broad nonmonophyly of traditional genera and new relationships, Auk 136, e:ukz041. (free pdf)

Dor R, Safran RJ, Sheldon FH, Winkler DW, and Lovette IJ (2010), Phylogeny of the genus Hirundo and the Barn Swallow subspecies complex, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 56, 409-418. (abstract)

Driskell AC, Norman JA, Pruett-Jones S, Mangall E, Sonsthagen S, and Christidis L (2011), A multigene phylogeny examining evolutionary and ecological relationships in the Australo-Papuan wrens of the subfamily Malurinae (Aves), Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 60, 480-485. (abstract)

DuBay SG, and Witt CC (2012), An improved phylogeny of the Andean tit-tyrants (Aves: Tyrannidae): more characters trump sophisticated analyses, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 64, 285-296. (abstract) 

Ericson PGP, Christidis L, Irestedt M, and Norman JA (2002), Systematic affinities of the lyrebirds (Passeriformes: Menura), with a novel classification of the major groups of passerine birds, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 25, 53-62. (pdf)

Ericson PGP, and Johansson US (2003), Phylogeny of Passerida (Aves: Passeriformes) based on nuclear and mitochondrial sequence data, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 29, 126-138. (abstract) 

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Ericson PGP, Irestedt M, Nylander JAA, Christidis L, Joseph L, and Qu Y (2020), Parallel evolution of bower-building behavior in two groups of bowerbirds suggested by phylogenomics, Syst. Biol. 69, 820-829. (pdf) 

Escalante P, Márquez-Valdelamar L, de la Torre P, Laclette JP, and Klicka J (2009), Evolutionary history of a prominent North American warbler clade: The Oporornis-Geothlypis complex, Mol. Phylogenet, Evol. 53, 668-678. (abstract) 

Everson KM, McLaughlin JF, Cato IA, Evans MM, Gastaldi AR, Mills KK, Shink KG, Wilbur SM, and Winker K (2019), Speciation, gene flow, and seasonal migration in Catharus thrushes (Aves: Turdidae), Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 139, e:106564. (abstract) 

Ewen JG, Flux I, and Ericson PGP (2006), Systematic affinities of two enigmatic New Zealand passerines of high conservation priority, the hihi or stitchbird Notiomystis cincta and the kokako Callaeas cinerea, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 40, 281-284. (abstract) 

Fabre PH, Irestedt M, Fjeldså J, Bristol R, Groombridge JJ, Irham M, and Jønsson KA (2012), Dynamic colonization exchanges between continents and islands drive diversification in paradise-flycatchers (Terpsiphone, Monarchidae), J, Biogeogr. 39, 1900-18. (abstract) 

Farrington HL, Lawson LP, Clark CM, and Petren K (2014), The evolutionary history of Darwin‘s Finches: speciation, gene flow, and introgression in a fragmented landscape, Evolution 68, 2932-44. (pdf)

Fjeldså J, Zuccon D, Irestedt M, Johansson US, and Ericson PGP (2003), Sapayoa aenigma: a New World representative of ‘Old World suboscines’, Proc. R. Soc. B (Suppl.) 270, S238-S241. (pdf)

Fjeldså J, Irestedt M, and Ericson PGP (2005), Molecular data reveal some major adaptational shifts in the early evolution of the most diverse avian family, the Furnariidae, J. Ornithol. 146, 1-13. (abstract) 

Fjeldså J, Irestedt M, Ericson PGP, and Zuccon D (2010), The Cinnamon Ibon Hypocryptadius cinnamomeus is a forest canopy sparrow, Ibis 152, 747-760. (abstract)

Fjeldså J, Ohlson JI, Batalha Filho H, Ericson PGP, and Irestedt M (2018), Rapid expansion and diversification into new niche space by fluvicoline flycatchers, J. Avian Biol. 49, e:01661. (free reading)

Fregin S, Haase M, and Olsson U, and Alström P (2009), Multi-locus phylogeny of the family Acrocephalidae (Aves: Passeriformes) – The traditional taxonomy overthrown, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 52, 866-878. (abstract)

Fregin S, Haase M, Olsson U, and Alström P (2012), New insights into family relationships within the avian superfamily Sylvioidea (Passeriformes) based on seven molecular markers, BMC Evol. Biol. 12, e:157. (free pdf)

Fuchs J, Fjeldså J, Bowie RCK, Voelker G, and Pasquet E (2006), The African warbler genus Hyliota as a lost lineage in the Oscine songbird tree: Molecular support for an African origin of the Passerida, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 39, 186-197. (abstract)

Fuchs J, Pasquet E, Couloux A, Fjeldså J, and Bowie RCK (2009), A new Indo-Malayan member of the Stenostiridae (Aves: Passeriformes) revealed by multilocus sequence data: biogeographical implications for a morphologically diverse clade of flycatchers, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 53, 384-393. (abstract)

Fuchs J, Pasquet E, Stuart BL, Woxvold IA, Duckworth JW, and Bowie RCK (2018), Phylogenetic affinities of the enigmatic Bare-faced Bulbul Pycnonotus hualon with description of a new genus, Ibis 160, 659-665. (abstract)

Garg KM, Yin Gwee C, Chattopadhyay B, Ng NS, Prawiradilaga DM, David G, Fuchs J, Le Manh H, Martinez J, Olsson U, Tan Tu V, Chhin S, Alström P, Lei F, and Rheindt FE (2024), When colors mislead: genomics and bioacoustics prompt re-classification of Asian flycatcher radiation (Aves: Niltavinae), Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 193, e:107999. (abstract)

Gaudin J, Raty L, and Sangster G (2021), The correct name of the antpitta clade, Bull. B.O.C. 141, 363-365. (pdf) 

Gelang M, Cibois A, Pasquet E, Olsson U, Alström P, and Ericson PGP (2009), Phylogeny of babblers (Aves: Passeriformes): major lineages, family limits and classification, Zool. Scr. 38, 225-236. (abstract) 

Ghorbani F, Aliabadian M, Olsson U, Donald PF, Khan AA, and Alström P (2019), Mitochondrial phylogeography of the genus Eremophila confirms underestimated species diversity in the Palearctic, J. Ornithol. 161, 297-312. (abstract)

Gutiérrez-Zuluaga AM, González-Quevedo C, Oswald JA, Terrill RS, Pérez-Emán JL, and Parra JL (2021), Genetic data and niche differences suggest that disjunct populations of Diglossa brunneiventris are not sister taxa, Auk 138, 1-14. (free pdf) 

Gwee CY, Garg KM, Chattopadhyay B, Sadanandan KR, Prawiradilaga DM, Irestedt M, Lei F, Bloch LM, Lee JG, Irham M, Haryoko T, Soh MC, Peh KSH, Rowe KM, Ferasyi TR, Wu S, Wogan GO, Bowie RC, and Rheindt FE (2020), Phylogenomics of white-eyes, a ‘great speciator’, reveals Indonesian archipelago as the center of lineage diversity, eLife 9, e:62765. (free pdf)

Harvey MG, Bravo GA, Claramunt S, Cuervo AM, Derryberry GE, Battilana J, Seeholzer GF, McKay JS, O'Meara BC, Faircloth BC, Edwards SV, Perez-Eman J, Moyle RG, Sheldon FH, Aleixo A, Smith BT, Chesser RT, Silveira LF, Cracraft J, Brumfield RT, and Derryberry EP (2020), The evolution of a tropical biodiversity hotspot, Science 370, 1343-48. (pdf) (hi-res tree) 

Hermansen JS, Sæther SA, Elgvin TO, Borge T, Hjelle E, and Sætre GP (2011), Hybrid speciation in sparrows I: phenotypic intermediacy, genetic admixture and barriers to gene flow, Mol. Ecol 20, 3812-22. (abstract) 

Hooper DM, Olsson U, and Alström P (2016), The Rusty-tailed Flycatcher (Muscicapa ruficauda; Aves: Muscicapidae) is a member of the genus Fidecula, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 102, 56-61. (abstract)

Hosner PA, and Moyle RG (2012), A molecular phylogeny of black-tyrants (Tyrannidae: Knipolegus) reveals strong geographic patterns and homoplasy in plumage and display behavior, Auk 129, 156-167. (free pdf) 

Illera JC, Richardson DS, Helm B, Atienza JC, and Emerson BC (2008), Phylogenetic relationships, biogeography and speciation in the avian genus Saxicola, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 48, 1145-54. (abstract)

Imfeld TS, Barker FK, Vázquez-Miranda H, Chaves JA, Escalante P, Spellman GM, and Klicka J (2024), Diversification and dispersal in the Americas revealed by new phylogenies of the wrens and allies (Passeriformes: Certhioidea), Ornithology 141, (abstract)

Irestedt M, Fjeldså J, Nylander JAA, and Ericson PGP (2004), Phylogenetic relationships of typical antbirds (Thamnophilidae) and test of incongruence based on Bayes factors, BMC Evol. Biol. 4, e:23. (free pdf) 

Irestedt M, Ohlson JI, Zuccon D, Källersjö M, and Ericson PGP (2006), Nuclear DNA from old collections of avian study skins reveals the evolutionary history of the New World suboscines (Aves, Passeriformes), Zool. Scr. 35, 567-580. (abstract)

Isler ML, Bravo GA, and Brumfield RT (2013), Taxonomic revision of Myrmeciza (Aves: Passeriformes: Thamnophilidae) into 12 genera based on phylogenetic, morphological, behavioral, and ecological data, Zootaxa 3717, 469-497. (free pdf)

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Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis), Meliphagidae (Foto: Carolin Pfeiffer)

Montezuma Oropendula (Psarocolius montezuma), Icteridae


White-eared Catbird (Ailuroedus buccoides), Ptilonorhynchidae (Foto: Carolin Pfeiffer)

Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida), Pittidae (Foto: Carolin Pfeiffer)

Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruviana), male, Cotingidae (Foto: Carolin Pfeiffer)

Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae), Estrildidae (Foto: Carolin Pfeiffer)

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus), Tyrannidae (Foto: Carolin Pfeiffer)

Chestnut-backed Thrush (Geokichla dohertyi), Turdidae (Foto: Carolin Pfeiffer)

Black-and-white Mannikin (Lonchura bicolor), Estrildidae (Foto: Carolin Pfeiffer)

Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruviana), female, Cotingidae (Foto: Carolin Pfeiffer)

Brazilian Tanager (Ramphocelus bresilius), Thraupidae (Foto: Carolin Pfeiffer)

Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis), Thraupidae (Foto: Carolin Pfeiffer)