Order Passeriformes

Family Timaliidae

Scimitar-babblers and allies
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Previously considered part of an outsize Muscicapidae, where was treated as a very varied assemblage including most members of current Pellorneidae, Leiotrichidae and Pnoepygidae, as well as some current members of numerous other families (e.g. Sylviidae, Zosteropidae, Vireonidae, Vangidae, Macrosphenidae, Cisticolidae, Locustellidae, Bernieridae, etc.). Recent genetic work has clarified true relations of many of these taxa#R#R#R; thus, Macronus, Pomatorhinus and Stachyris, as traditionally circumscribed, were all polyphyletic, so several rearrangements have become necessary. Nevertheless, many of the species currently retained (based on traditional usage) remain to be tested genetically, so composition and internal systematics of this family are still liable to refinement.

  • 7-35 cm.
  • 10 genera, 54 species, 196 taxa.
  • 6 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2019). Scimitar-babblers and allies (Timaliidae). 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/52329 on 10 December 2019).