The cochoas (from cocho, Nepali for Cochoa purpurea)[1] are medium-sized frugivorous, insectivorous and molluscivorous birds in the genus Cochoa. Their bright contrasting plumage patterns, sexual dimorphism and feeding habits made their systematic position difficult to ascertain in early times, Richard Bowdler Sharpe placed them with the Prionopidae in 1879 while many considered them as some kind of aberrant thrush.[2] Recent molecular studies have suggested that there is support for their inclusion in the thrush family Turdidae, while some suggest a relationship closer to the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae.[3][4][5]

These are southeast Asian forest-dwelling species, often found near water.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Jobling, James A. (1991). A Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. Oxford University Press. p. 57. ISBN 0-19-854634-3. 
  2. ^ Ripley SD (1952). "The thrushes". Postilla. 13: 1–48. 
  3. ^ Voelker, G., Spellman, G.M. (2004). "Nuclear and mitochondrial evidence of polyphyly in the avian superfamily Musicapoidea". Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 30 (2): 386–394. PMID 14715230. doi:10.1016/S1055-7903(03)00191-X. 
  4. ^ Klicka, J; G Voelker; & Garth M. Spellman (2005). "A molecular phylogenetic analysis of the true thrushes (Aves: Turdinae)" (PDF). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 34 (3): 486–500. PMID 15683924. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2004.10.001. 
  5. ^ Sangster, G;Per Alström ;Emma Forsmark & Urban Olsson (2010). "Multi-locus phylogenetic analysis of Old World chats and flycatchers reveals extensive paraphyly at family, subfamily and genus level (Aves: Muscicapidae)" (PDF). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 57 (1): 380–392. PMID 20656044. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.07.008. 
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