Order Passeriformes

Family Picathartidae

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  • Relatively large passerines with long, broad tail, disproportionately large bill, relatively long and muscular legs; plumage dark above and whitish below, with bare skin of head brightly coloured.
  • West and western Central Africa.
  • Rainforest, extending into farmbush and second growth.
  • 33-38 cm.
  • 1 genus, 2 species, 2 taxa.
  • 2 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Thompson, H. & Bonan, A. (2017). Picathartes (Picathartidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52328 on 27 March 2017).