Order Passeriformes

Family Icteridae

New World Blackbirds
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Closely related to Parulidae, and the two may be sisters#R#R. Here considered to include Icteria (formerly treated in Parulidae), within its own subfamily; all remaining taxa are spread over seven major lineages, here treated as tribes of a second subfamily, whereas others have ranked them as seven subfamilies#R. Recent multi-locus molecular phylogeny of present family, on which present treatment is largely based, has further clarified genus and species limits#R.

  • 16-53 cm.
  • 31 genera, 114 species, 263 taxa.
  • 15 species threatened;
    1 species and 1 subspecies extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Fraga, R. & Bonan, A. (2019). New World Blackbirds (Icteridae). 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/52383 on 14 December 2019).