Babbler Families and Genera

An initial set of DNA phylogenies outline the general structure of the babbler radiation, especially Gelang et al (2009). We start by recognizing five major clades as families to which we assign the genera adopted in previous versions of the IOC World Bird List. Added to these are some required new genera. Some of the assignments are tentative and may change with the results of studies underway. Yet, a first cut seems preferable to retaining the classical taxonomy that severely mispresents relationships at many levels. John Boyd's summaries and sequences were helpful in this exercise. We refrain, however, from full generic revisions, including many of Collar and Robson's (2007) in HBW 12 to await the results of other studies, currently unpublished, which we understand will offer alternative hypotheses for discussion. We also await improved resolution of both the nomenclature and of the phylogeny.

BABBLER FAMILIES - Under Review  October 21, 2010

Timaliidae Pellorneidae Leiothrichidae Sylviidae Zosteropidae
Babblers, Scimitar Babblers

Fulvettas, Ground Babblers

Laughingthrushes Sylviid Babblers White-eyes

Pomatorhinus (incl. Xiphirhynchus)
Spelaeornis
Sphenocichla
Stachyris
Stachyridopsis
Dumetia
Rhopocichla
Macronus
Micromacronus
Timalia

Alcippe (incl. Schoeniparus, Pseudominla)
Ptilocichla
Napothera (incl. Turdinis, Gypsophila)
Gampsorhynchus
Ptyrticus
Illadopsis
Jabouilleia
Rimator
Malacocincla
Malacopteron (incl. Ophrydornis)
Trichastoma
Leonardina
Robsonius
Kenopia
Graminicola
Pellorneum




Phyllanthus
Kupeornis
Turdoides
Babax
Garrulax (incl. Leucodioptron, Ianthocincla,
Rhinocichla, Stactocichla,
Grammatiophila
& Melanocichla)
Trochalopteron
Cutia
Minla (incl. Siva, Chrysominla)
Liocichla
Actinodura
Leiothrix
Crocias
Heterophasia


Myzornis
Parophasma
Pseudoalcippe
Horizorhinus
Lioptilus
Sylvia
Moupinia
Lioparus
Fulvetta
Chrysomma
Rhopophilus
Chamaea
Conostoma
Cholornis
Sinosuthora
Suthora
Neosuthora
Chleuasicus
Psittiparus
Paradoxornis

Yuhina
Zosterornis
Megazosterops
Apalopteron
Cleptornis
Rukia
Dasycrotapha
Sterrhoptilus
Tephrozosterops
Madanga
Lophozosterops
Heleia
Oculocincta
Woodfordia
Chlorocharis
Speirops
Zosterops