Order Passeriformes

Family Melanocharitidae

Berrypeckers and Longbills
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General

Previously dispersed in other families, berrypeckers in Dicaeidae and longbills in Meliphagidae, but united in a separate family on basis of genetic studies#R#R#R; closest relatives appear to be Cnemophilidae, Notiomystidae and Callaeidae#R#R, perhaps also Petroicidae and Picathartidae#R.

  • 7-15 cm.
  • 4 genera, 11 species, 29 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Gregory, P. & Bonan, A. (2017). Berrypeckers and Longbills (Melanocharitidae). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52347 on 21 November 2017).