Mallee ringneck Barnardius barnardi, photographed by Tom Tarrant.

Belongs within: Psittacidae.
Contains: Cyanoramphus, Platycercus.

The Platycercini include the broad-tailed parrots, a group of small to medium-sized, long-tailed parrots found in the Australasian region. With the exception of the basal genera Neopsephotus and Neophema, members of this group share a derived hypotarsal morphology in which the tendons of musculus flexor perforans digiti III and musculi flexores perforati digitorum III et IV are situated in a deep sulcus (Mayr & Göhlich 2004).

Platycercini [Platycercinae]
    |  i. s.: Geopsittacus Gould 1861 MG04, B94 [Geopsittacini]
    |           `--G. occidentalis Gould 1861 WS48
    |--+--Neopsephotus bourkii JT12
    |  `--Neophema Salvadori 1891 JT12, B94 [Neophemini]
    |       |  i. s.: N. bourkii (Gould 1841) [=Euphema bourkii] WS48
    |       |--N. chrysostoma JT12
    |       `--+--N. elegans (Gould 1837) JT12, WS48 (see below for synonymy)
    |          `--+--N. splendida (Gould 1841) JT12, WS48 [=Euphema splendida WS48]
    |             `--+--N. petrophila (Gould 1840) JT12, WS48 [=Euphema petrophila WS48]
    |                |    |--N. p. petrophila RN72
    |                |    `--N. p. zietzi RN72
    |                `--+--N. chrysogaster JT12
    |                   `--N. pulchella JT12
    `--+--+--Lathamus Lesson 1830 JT12, B94 [Lathamini]
       |  |    `--L. discolor M03
       |  `--+--+--Cyanoramphus JT12
       |     |  `--Eunymphicus JT12
       |     |       |--E. cornutus MG04
       |     |       `--E. uvaeensis JT12 [=E. cornutus uvaeensis RN72]
       |     `--Prosopeia JT12
       |          |--P. personata RN72
       |          |--P. splendens JT12 [=P. tabuensis splendens RN72]
       |          `--P. tabuensis RN72
       |               |--P. t. tabuensis RN72
       |               |--P. t. koroensis RN72
       |               `--P. t. taviunensis RN72
       `--+--Northiella haematogaster (Gould 1837) JT12, WS48 (see below for synonymy)
          |    |--N. h. haematogaster M03
          |    |--N. h. haematorrhous M03 [=Psephotus haematogaster haematorrhous RN72]
          |    |--N. h. narethae (White 1921) M03, RN72 [=Psephotus haematogaster narethae RN72]
          |    `--N. h. pallescens M03 [=Psephotus haematogaster pallescens RN72]
          `--+--Barnardius JT12
             |    |--B. barnardi OMC87
             |    |    |--B. b. barnardi OMC87 [=B. zonarius barnardi M03]
             |    |    |--B. b. augustus RN72
             |    |    |--B. b. macgillivrayi OMC87 [=B. zonarius macgillivrayi M03]
             |    |    `--B. b. whitei OMC87
             |    `--B. zonarius (Shaw 1805) [=Psittacus zonarius] WS48
             |         |--B. z. zonarius
             |         |--B. z. dundasi (Mathews 1912) (see below for synonymy) WS48
             |         |--B. z. occidentalis (North 1893) (see below for synonymy) WS48
             |         `--B. z. semitorquatus (Quoy & Gaimard 1830) [=Psittacus semitorquatus] WS48
             `--+--Platycercus JT12
                `--Psephotus JT12
                     |  i. s.: P. chrysopterygius M03
                     |         P. pulcherrimus M03
                     |--+--P. dissimilis JT12 [=P. chrysopterygius dissimilis RN72]
                     |  `--P. haematonotus JT12
                     |       |--P. h. haematonotus RN72
                     |       `--P. h. caeruleus Condon 1941 RN72
                     `--+--P. varius Clark 1910 JT12, WS48 (see below for synonymy)
                        `--Purpureicephalus spurius (Kuhl 1820) JT12, WS48 (see below for synonymy)

Barnardius zonarius dundasi (Mathews 1912) [=Platycercus zonarius dundasi; incl. B. zonarius woolundra Mathews 1919] WS48

Barnardius zonarius occidentalis (North 1893) [=Platycercus occidentalis; incl. P. zonarius connectens Mathews 1912] WS48

Neophema elegans (Gould 1837) JT12, WS48 [=Nanodes elegans WS48; incl. Psephotus elegans carteri Mathews 1912 WS48, Neophema elegans carteri M03]

Northiella haematogaster (Gould 1837) JT12, WS48 [=Platycercus haematogaster WS48, Psephotus haematogaster OMC87]

Psephotus varius Clark 1910 JT12, WS48 [=Psittacus multicolor Kuhl 1820 (preoc.) WS48; incl. Pse. varius exsul Mathews 1912 WS48]

Purpureicephalus spurius (Kuhl 1820) JT12, WS48 [=Psittacus spurius WS48; incl. Pu. spurius carteri Mathews 1915 WS48, Platycercus pileatus Vigors 1830 WS48, Psittacus (Platycercus) purpureocephalus Quoy & Gaimard 1830 WS48, Pl. rufifrons Lesson 1830 WS48]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B94] Bock, W. J. 1994. History and nomenclature of avian family-group names. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 222: 1-281.

[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.

[MG04] Mayr, G., & U. B. Göhlich. 2004. A new parrot from the Miocene of Germany, with comments on the variation of hypotarsus morphology in some Psittaciformes. Belgian Journal of Zoology 134: 476-54.

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

[OMC87] Ovenden, J. R., A. G. Mackinlay & R. H. Crozier. 1987. Systematics and mitochondrial genome evolution of Australian rosellas (Aves: Platycercidae). Molecular Biology and Evolution 4 (5): 526-543.

[RN72] Rutgers, A., & K. A. Norris (eds.) 1972. Encyclopaedia of Aviculture vol. 2. Blandford Press: London.

[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.

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