Male fawn-breasted bowerbird Chlamydera cerviniventris at his bower, photographed by Steve Murphy.

Belongs within: Euoscines.

The Ptilonorhynchidae include the bowerbirds and catbirds of Australasia. Bowerbirds are known for the often ornate display stages constructed out of twigs by the males, which may be further decorated with colourful objects.

<==Ptilonorhynchidae [Tectonarchidae]
    |--+--Scenopoeetes dentirostris JT12 [=Ailuroedus dentirostris JF06]
    |  `--Amblyornis Elliot 1872 JT12, B94 [Amblyornithidae]
    |       |  i. s.: A. flavifrons F95
    |       |--A. subalaris JF06
    |       `--+--Prionodura newtoniana JF06
    |          `--+--+--A. inornata JT12
    |             |  `--Archboldia papuensis JT12
    |             `--A. macgregoriae JF06
    `--+--Ailuroedus Cabanis 1851 JT12, B94 [Ailuroedidae] B94
       |    |--A. buccoides JT12
       |    |--A. crassirostris JF06
       |    `--A. melanotis JF06
       |         |--A. m. melanotis M03
       |         |--A. m. joanae M03
       |         `--A. m. maculosis M03
       `--+--Ptilonorhynchus Kuhl 1820 JT12, B94
          |    |--P. maculatus SJ85
          |    `--P. violaceus JF06
          |         |--P. v. violaceus M03
          |         `--P. v. minor M03
          `--+--Sericulus Swainson 1825 JT12, B94 [Sericulidae]
             |    |--+--S. aureus JT12
             |    |  `--S. bakeri JT12
             |    `--S. chrysocephalus JT12
             |         |--S. c. chrysocephalus M03
             |         `--S. c. rothschildi M03
             `--Chlamydera Gould 1837 JF06, B94 [Chlamyderidae]
                  |  i. s.: C. guttata Gould 1862 JT12, WS48
                  |           |--C. g. guttata (see below for synonymy) WS48
                  |           `--C. g. carteri M03
                  |--C. maculata (Gould 1837) JT12, WS48 [=Calodera maculata WS48]
                  `-+--C. lauterbachi JT12
                    `--+--C. cerviniventris JT12
                       `--C. nuchalis (Jardine & Selby 1830) JT12, WS48 (see below for synonymy)
                            |--C. n. nuchalis M03
                            |--C. n. orientalis M03
                            `--C. n. yorki M03

Chlamydera guttata guttata Gould 1862 [=C. maculata guttata; incl. C. m. nova Mathews 1920, C. m. subguttata Mathews 1912] WS48

Chlamydera nuchalis (Jardine & Selby 1830) JT12, WS48 [=Ptilonorhynchus nuchalis WS48; incl. C. n. oweni Mathews 1912 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.

[F95] Fuller, E. 1995. The Lost Birds of Paradise. Swan Hill Press: Shrewsbury (UK).

[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.

[JF06] Jønsson, K. A., & J. Fjeldså. 2006. A phylogenetic supertree of oscine passerine birds. Zoologica Scripta 35: 149-186.

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

[SJ85] Storr, G. M., & R. E. Johnstone. 1985. Field Guide to the Birds of Western Australia 2nd ed. Western Australian Museum: Perth (Australia).

[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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