Order Passeriformes

Family Paramythiidae

Painted Berrypeckers
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Affinities long uncertain: traditionally placed in Dicaeidae, and at one stage suggested to be aberrant Pycnonotidae, while Oreocharis was initially thought to belong with Paridae; more recently, both genera included in Melanocharitidae. However, well differentiated from all of these families in external morphology and aspects of nidification, and genetic analyses also support treatment as a separate family, with closest allies variously suggested to be Oriolidae, Psophodidae or Vireonidae#R#R#R.

  • 12-22 cm.
  • 2 genera, 3 species, 4 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Coates, B. & Bonan, A. (2019). Painted Berrypeckers (Paramythiidae). 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/52348 on 11 December 2019).