Yellow thornbill Acanthiza nana, copyright Patrick K59.

Belongs within: Acanthizidae.

Acanthiza, the thornbills, is an Australasian genus of small birds with a thin, moderately long beak and commonly with olive or grey upperparts and pale underparts.

<==Acanthiza Vigors & Horsfield 1825 CC10
    |  i. s.: A. cinerea OF19
    |--+--A. lineata BKB15
    |  `--+--A. murina BKB15
    |     `--A. nana JT12
    `--+--A. chrysorrhoa (Quoy & Gaimard 1830) BKB15, WS48 [=Saxicola chrysorrhoa WS48]
       |    |--A. c. chrysorrhoa WS48
       |    |--A. c. alexanderi (Mathews 1921) (see below for synonymy) WS48
       |    |--A. c. ferdinandi (Mathews 1916) [=Geobasileus chrysorrhous ferdinandi] WS48
       |    `--A. c. multi Mathews 1912 WS48
       `--+--+--A. apicalis BKB15
          |  `--+--A. ewingii JT12
          |     `--+--A. katherina JT12
          |        `--A. pusilla (Shaw 1790) JT12, WS48 [=Motacilla pusilla WS48]
          |             |--A. p. pusilla WS48
          |             |--A. p. apicalis Gould 1847 [incl. A. pusilla dundasi Mathews 1922] WS48
          |             |--A. p. archbaldi M03
          |             |--A. p. dawsonensis M03
          |             |--A. p. diemenensis M03
          |             |--A. p. leeuwinensis Campbell 1922 [incl. A. pusilla northi Mathews 1922] WS48
          |             |--A. p. whitlocki North 1909 (see below for synonymy) WS48
          |             `--A. p. zietzi M03
          `--+--+--A. iredalei Mathews 1911 BKB15, WS48
             |  |    |--A. i. iredalei (see below for synonymy) WS48
             |  |    |--A. i. hedleyi M03
             |  |    `--A. i. rosinae M03
             |  `--A. robustirostris Milligan 1903 JT12, WS48 (see below for synonymy)
             `--+--A. uropygialis Gould 1838 BKB15, WS48
                |    |--A. u. uropygialis (see below for synonymy) WS48
                |    `--A. u. augusta Mathews 1912 [incl. A. uropygialis murchisoni Mathews 1912] WS48
                `--+--A. inornata Gould 1840 BKB15, WS48
                   |    |--A. i. inornata [incl. A. inornata submastersi Mathews 1912] WS48
                   |    `--A. i. mastersi North 1901 WS48
                   `--A. reguloides JT12
                        |--A. r. reguloides M03
                        `--A. r. squamata M03

Acanthiza chrysorrhoa alexanderi (Mathews 1921) [=Geobasileus chrysorrhous alexanderi, A. pallida Milligan 1903 (preoc.)] WS48

Acanthiza iredalei iredalei Mathews 1911 [incl. A. inornata carnarvoni Mathews 1913, Geobasileus tenuirostris uranie Campbell 1925] WS48

Acanthiza pusilla whitlocki North 1909 [incl. A. pusilla nullarborensis White 1922, A. pusilla peroni Mathews 1918] WS48

Acanthiza robustirostris Milligan 1903 JT12, WS48 [incl. Milligania robustirostris liberia Mathews 1916 WS48]

Acanthiza uropygialis uropygialis Gould 1838 [incl. Geobasilieus uropygialis moora Campbell 1922, A. uropygialis nea Mathews 1912] WS48

*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.

[CC10] Checklist Committee (OSNZ). 2010. Checklist of the Birds of New Zealand, Norfolk and Macquarie Islands, and the Ross Dependency, Antarctica 4th ed. Ornithological Society of New Zealand and Te Papa Press: Wellington.

[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.

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

[OF19] Oliveros, C. H., D. J. Field, D. T. Ksepka, F. K. Barker, A. Aleixo, M. J. Andersen, P. Alström, B. W. Benz, E. L. Braun, M. J. Braun, G. A. Bravo, R. T. Brumfield, R. T. Chesser, S. Claramunt, J. Cracraft, A. M. Cuervo, E. P. Derryberry, T. C. Glenn, M. G. Harvey, P. A. Hosner, L. Joseph, R. T. Kimball, A. L. Mack, C. M. Miskelly, A. T. Peterson, M. B. Robbins, F. H. Sheldon, L. F. Silveira, B. T. Smith, N. D. White, R. G. Moyle & B. C. Faircloth. 2019. Earth history and the passerine superradiation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 116 (16): 7916–7925.

[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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