Coraciiformes

This order comprises six families:

  • Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
  • Brachypteraciidae (Ground-rollers)
  • Coraciidae (Rollers)
  • Meropidae (Bee-eaters)
  • Momotidae (Motmots)
  • Todidae (Todies)

Genus-level timetree of extant Coraciiformes based on McCullough et al. (2019) and Kuhl et al. (2021). The distribution of each taxon is indicated by the colour-code used throughout this website (see Distribution code). Dated phylogenies are additionally available for Momotidae (Witt, 2004) Alcedinidae (Andersen et al., 2018), and Coraciiformes (Prum et al., 2015).  


References/Literature

Andersen MJ, McCullough JM, Mauck WM, Smith BT, and Moyle RG (2018), A phylogeny of kingfishers reveals an Indomalayan origin and elevated rates of diversification on oceanic islands, J. Biogeogr. 45, 269-281. (abstract)

 

Johansson US, Irestedt M, Qu Y, and Ericson PGP (2018), Phylogenetic relationships of rollers (Coraciidae) based on complete mitochondrial genomes and fifteen nuclear genes, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 126, 17-22. (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, Mol. Biol. Evol. 38, 108-127. (pdf)

 

Marks BD, Weckstein JD, and Moyle RG (2007), Molecular phylogenetics of the bee-eaters (Aves: Meropidae) based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequence data, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 45, 23-32. (abstract)

 

McCullough JM, Moyle RG, Smith BT, and Andersen MJ (2019), A Laurasian origin for a pantropical bird radiation is supported by genomic and fossil data (Aves: Coraciiformes), Proc. R. Soc. B 286: 20190122(pdf)

 

Prum RO, Berv JS, Dornburg A, Field DJ, Townsend JP, Lemmon EM, and Lemmon AR (2015), A comprehensive phylogeny of birds (Aves) using targeted next-generation DNA sequencing, Nature 526, 569-573. (abstract)

 

Tamashiro RA, White ND, Braun MJ, Faircloth BC, Braun EL, and Kimball RE (2019), What are the roles of taxon sampling and model fit in tests of cyto-nuclear discordance using avian mitogenomic data?, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 130, 132-142. (pdf)

 

Witt CC (2004), Rates of molecular evolution and their application to Neotropical avian biogeography, Ph.D. dissertation, Louisiana State University. (pdf)