Corvoidea

Corvoidea is a superfamily of birds in the order of Passeriformes. It contains the following families:

Corvoidea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Parvorder: Corvida
Superfamily: Corvoidea
African shrike-flycatcher

The African shrike-flycatcher (Megabyas flammulatus) is a species of bird in the Vangidae family. It is monotypic within the genus Megabyas.

It is found in Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Bernier's vanga

The Bernier's vanga (Oriolia bernieri) is a bird species in the family Vangidae. It is in the monotypic genus Oriolia. It is endemic to Madagascar. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.

Black-throated wattle-eye

The black-throated wattle-eye (Platysteira peltata) is a species of bird in the family Platysteiridae.

It is found in Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Blue-capped ifrit

The blue-capped ifrit (Ifrita kowaldi), also known as the blue-capped ifrita, is a small insectivorous bird endemic to the rainforests of New Guinea. It is the only species in the genus Ifrita, which historically has been placed in the family Cinclosomatidae or the Monarchidae. It now appears the bird is more properly placed in its own family, Ifritidae.

Brown-crowned tchagra

The brown-crowned tchagra (Tchagra australis) is a species of bird in the family Malaconotidae.

Chabert vanga

The chabert vanga (Leptopterus chabert), also erroneously called "Chabert's vanga", is a species of bird in the family Vangidae. It is monotypic within the genus Leptopterus. It is endemic to Madagascar. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forest, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest. Its name comes from a rendition of its call.

Corvida

The "Corvida" were one of two "parvorders" contained within the suborder Passeri, as proposed in the Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy, the other being Passerida. Standard taxonomic practice would place them at the rank of infraorder.

More recent research suggests that this is not a distinct clade—a group of closest relatives and nothing else—but an evolutionary grade instead. As such, it is abandoned in modern treatments, being replaced by a number of superfamilies that are considered rather basal among the Passeri.

It was presumed that cooperative breeding—present in many or most members of the Maluridae, Meliphagidae, Artamidae and Corvidae, among others—is a common apomorphy of this group. But as evidenced by the updated phylogeny, this trait is rather the result of parallel evolution, perhaps because the early Passeri had to compete against many ecologically similar birds (see near passerine).

Crossley's vanga

Crossley's vanga (Mystacornis crossleyi), also known as Crossley's babbler-vanga, Crossley's babbler, or Madagascar groundjumper, is a bird species in the family Vangidae.

Dark newtonia

The dark newtonia (Newtonia amphichroa) is a species of bird in the family Vangidae.

It is endemic to Madagascar.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Grey-headed bushshrike

The grey-headed bushshrike (Malaconotus blanchoti) is a species of bird in the Malaconotidae family.

It is widespread throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, although relatively absent in Central and Southern Africa.

Its natural habitats are dry savannah and moist savannah.

Mangrove whistler

The mangrove whistler (Pachycephala cinerea) is a species of bird in the family Pachycephalidae found in South-east Asia.

Nuthatch vanga

The nuthatch vanga (Hypositta corallirostris), also known as the coral-billed nuthatch-vanga and formerly as the coral-billed nuthatch, is a species of bird in the family Vangidae.

It is endemic to Madagascar.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Orange-breasted bushshrike

The orange-breasted bushshrike or sulphur-breasted bushshrike (Chlorophoneus sulfureopectus) is a species of bird in the family Malaconotidae.

It is widespread throughout Sub-Saharan Africa (relatively absent from most of Central, Southern and the Horn of Africa).

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, dry savanna and moist savanna. Another species, Braun's bushshrike, is sometimes called orange-breasted bushshrike, as well.

Passerida

Passerida is, under the Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy, one of two parvorders contained within the suborder Passeri (standard taxonomic practice would place them at the rank of infraorder). While more recent research suggests that its sister parvorder, Corvida, is not a monophyletic grouping, the Passerida as a distinct clade are widely accepted.

Red-shouldered vanga

The red-shouldered vanga (Calicalicus rufocarpalis) is a member of the vanga family endemic to south-west Madagascar.This species is notable for being the last species viewed by internationally renowned bird watcher Phoebe Snetsinger before her 1999 death in Madagascar.

Tylas vanga

The tylas vanga (Tylas eduardi) is a species of bird in the family Vangidae. It is monotypic within the genus Tylas. It is endemic to Madagascar. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forest and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest.

Ward's flycatcher

Ward's flycatcher (Pseudobias wardi), also known as Ward's flycatcher-vanga is a species of bird in the family Vangidae. It is monotypic within the genus Pseudobias. It is endemic to Madagascar. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.Its common name and Latin binomial commemorate the English naturalist Christopher Ward, who collected the type specimen of the bird.

White-crested helmetshrike

The white-crested helmetshrike (Prionops plumatus), also known as the white helmetshrike, is a species of passerine bird in the helmetshrike family Prionopidae, formerly usually included in the Malaconotidae.

Xenopirostris

Xenopirostris is a genus of birds in the Vangidae family. They are all endemic to Madagascar. It contains the following species:

Van Dam's vanga (Xenopirostris damii)

Pollen's vanga (Xenopirostris polleni)

Lafresnaye's vanga (Xenopirostris xenopirostris)

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