Grey shrikethrush Colluricincla harmonica, copyright Sammy Sam.

Belongs within: Corvides.
Contains: Pacycephala.

The Pachycephalidae includes the whistlers and shrike-thrushes, stout-bodied insectivorous birds found in Australasia and southeast Asia. In its current circumscription, the group is primarily supported by molecular data. The shrikethrushes of the genus Colluricincla are relatively slender-bodied members of the family with generally grey or brown plumage.

See also: Whistling for whistlers.

    |--+--Melanorectes nigrescens JF11 [=Pitohui nigrescens JT12]
    |  `--+--‘Colluricincla’ sanghirensis BKB15 [=Coracornis sanghirensis JF11]
    |     `--+--Coracornis raveni BKB15 [=Colluricincla raveni JF11]
    |        `--Pachycephala JT12
    `--+--+--‘Pitohui’ ferrugineus JT12
       |  `--‘Pitohui’ incertus JT12
       `--Colluricincla JT12
            |  i. s.: C. brunnea Gould 1840 WS48 (see below for synonymy)
            |         C. ferrugineus JF11
            |         C. parvula Gould 1845 WS48 (see below for synonymy)
            |         C. rufiventris Gould 1840 WS48 (see below for synonymy)
            |--C. megarhyncha JT12
            |    |--C. m. megarhyncha M03
            |    `--C. m. rufogaster M03
            `--+--C. woodwardi Hartert 1905 BKB15, WS48 [incl. C. woodwardi assimilis Mathews 1914 WS48]
               |    |--C. w. woodwardi M03
               |    `--C. w. didimus M03
               `--+--C. boweri BKB15
                  `--C. harmonica BKB15
                       |--C. h. harmonica M03
                       |--C. h. halmaturina M03
                       |--C. h. kolichisi M03
                       |--C. h. pallescens M03
                       |--C. h. strigata M03
                       |--C. h. superciliosa M03
                       `--C. h. whitei M03

Colluricincla brunnea Gould 1840 WS48 [=C. harmonica brunnea M03; incl. C. brunnea julietae Mathews 1942 WS48, C. brunnea parryi Mathews 1912 WS48, C. brunnea roebucki Mathews 1912 WS48]

Colluricincla parvula Gould 1845 WS48 [=C. megarhyncha parvula M03; incl. C. parvula conigravi Mathews 1912 WS48]

Colluricincla rufiventris Gould 1840 WS48 [=C. harmonica rufiventris M03; incl. C. rufiventris carteri Mathews 1923 WS48, C. rufiventris murchisoni Mathews 1912 WS48, C. harmonica murchisonii M03]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BKB15] Burleigh, J. G., R. T. Kimball & E. L. Braun. 2015. Building the avian tree of life using a large-scale, sparse supermatrix. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 84: 53–63.

[JT12] Jetz, W., G. H. Thomas, J. B. Joy, K. Hartmann & A. Ø. Mooers. 2012. The global diversity of birds in space and time. Nature 491: 444–448.

[JF11] Jønsson, K. A., P.-H. Fabre, R. E. Ricklefs & J. Fjeldså. 2011. Major global radiation of corvoid birds originated in the proto-Papuan archipelago. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 108 (6): 2328–2333.

[M03] Morcombe, M. 2003. Field Guide to Australian Birds 2nd ed. Steve Parish Publishing.

[WS48] Whittell, H. M., & D. L. Serventy. 1948. A systematic list of the birds of Western Australia. Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Special Publication 1: 1–126.

Last updated: 24 July 2019.

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