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Leiothrix
File:Silver-eared Mesia .jpg
Silver-eared Mesia
Leiothrix argentauris
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Unrecognized taxon (fix): Leiothrix
Species

Leiothrix argentauris
Leiothrix lutea

Leiothrix is a genus in the Leiothrichidae family. Among the Old World babblers proper, they belong to a clade also containing at least the liocichlas, barwings, minlas and sibias. The sibias are possibly their closest living relatives (Cibois 2003).

There are two species:

Their delicate colors and accomplished song make them popular cagebirds.

References

  • Cibois, Alice (2003a): Mitochondrial DNA Phylogeny of Babblers (Timaliidae). Auk 120(1): 1-20. DOI: 10.1642/0004-8038(2003)120[0035:MDPOBT]2.0.CO;2 HTML fulltext without images
  • Collar, N. J. & Robson C. 2007. Family Timaliidae (Babblers) pp. 70 – 291 in; del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. & Christie, D.A. eds. Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 12. Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.




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