Taxonomic list of Passeriformes families

Reiflman Acanthisitta chloris crop

Rifleman (female), Acanthisitiidae or tītitipounamu (Acanthisitta chloris), one of the 2 surviving species of suborder Acanthisitti.

Eurylaimus javanicus - Khao Yai

Banded broadbill, Eurylaimidae

This list is in taxonomic order, placing related species/groups next to each other. The Passerida subdivisions are updated as needed from the default sequence of the Handbook of the Birds of the World,[1] based on the most modern and comprehensive studies.[2]

Suborder Acanthisitti

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Suborder Tyranni

The suborder Tyranni are also called suboscines.

Infraorder Eurylaimides

Golden-headed Manakin

Adult male Golden-headed Manakins (Pipra erythrocephala) have striking display plumage, as do line with many of their relatives.

Infraorder Tyrannides

New World suboscines

Superfamily Tyrannida

Superfamily Furnariida


Noisy Scrub-bird (Atrichornis clamosus), one of the most plesiomorphic Passeri.



Infraorder Menurida

The most ancient true songbirds, endemic to Australia. Considered to be a suborder on the TiF checklist..

Infraorder Climacterida

A group of two families endemic to Australasia.

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Infraorder Meliphagida

Infraorder Orthonychida

The massive multigene analysis of Aggerbeck et al. (2014) finds them to be sisters, albeit fairly deeply separated. They split off before the division between the Corvida and Passerida, which means they are in the paracorvids.[3]

Infraorder Corvida

Superfamily Mohouoidea

Superfamily Orioloidea

Superfamily Neosittoidea

Superfamily Malaconotoidea

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Laniarius barbarus

Yellow-crowned Gonolek (Laniarius barbarus: Malaconotidae)

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Superfamily Corvoidea

A highly diverse group of global distribution, but most plentiful in the Australasian region and surroundings. The oldest truly globally successful group of passerines, they include among them what may well be the most intelligent and the most spectacular of the order.


Infraorder Passerida

Superfamily Melanocharitoidea

Superfamily Cnemophiloidea

Superfamily Callaeoidea

Superfamily Picathartoidea

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Superfamily Paroidea

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Superfamily Sylvioidea

Mostly insectivores, distribution centered on the Indo-Pacific region. Few occur in the Australian region and fewer still in the Americas. Usually sleek and drab birds, few have pronounced sexual dimorphism.
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"Acrocephalus group"

"Swallows, Bulbuls"

"Hyliidae, Aegithalidae, Cettiidae, and Phylloscopidae"

"Babblers and allies"

Superfamily Reguloidea

Superfamily Bombycilloidea

Superfamily Certhioidea

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Superfamily Muscicapoidea

Mostly insectivores, near-global distribution centered on Old World tropics. One family endemic to Americas. Nearly absent (except introductions) from the Australian region. Usually rather stocky for their size, most are quite dark and dull though Sturnidae are commonly iridescent and/or colorful. Sexual dimorphism often absent, sometimes pronounced.

"Oxpeckers, Starlings, Mockingbirds"

"Dippers, Thrushes, Old World flycatchers"

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Superfamily Passeroidea

Mostly herbivores including many seed-eaters, near-global distribution centered on Palearctic and Americas. Includes the Nine-primaried oscines (probably a subclade). A very high proportion of colorful and highly sexually dimorphic forms.

"Basal Passeroidea"

"Core Passeroidea"

"Estrildid clade"

"Passerid clade"

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Nine-primaried oscines

"Sibley and Monroe's Fringillidae"

Sibley and Monroe's (1990) Fringillidae included all of the remaining birds, over 1000 of them. Most authors use a finely-grained family structure for these species that roughly corresponds to Sibley and Monroe's tribes. The TIF taxonomy divides Sibley and Monroe's Fringillidae into 11.[7]

Epifamily Icteroidea

"Buntings and Sparrows"

"Blackbirds and Warblers"

"Thraupid group"


  1. ^ del Hoyo et al. (2003–)
  2. ^ Lovette & Bermingham (2000), Cibois et al. (2001), Barker et al. (2002, 2004), Ericson & Johansson (2003), Beresford et al. (2005), Alström et al. (2006), Jønsson & Fjeldså (2006)
  3. ^ Aggerbeck, M., J. Fjeldså, L. Christidis, P.-H. Fabre, K.A. Jønsson (2014), Resolving deep lineage divergences in core corvoid passerine birds supports a proto-Papuan island origin, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 70, 272-285.
  4. ^ Gill, F., Wright, M. & Donsker, D. (2008). IOC World Bird Names (version 1.6). Available at
  5. ^ Lovette, I.J. (2008). Convergent Evolution: Raising a Family from the Dead. Current Biology. Volume 18, Issue 24, 23 December 2008, Pages R1132-R1134.
  6. ^ Fleischer R.C., James H.F., and Olson S.L. (2008). Convergent Evolution of Hawaiian and Australo-Pacific Honeyeaters from Distant Songbird Ancestors. Current Biology, Volume 18, Issue 24, 1927–1931, 11 December 2008.
  7. ^ John H. Boyd III (November 11, 2011). "CORE PASSEROIDEA II: Passeridae through Fringillidae". TiF Checklist. Retrieved 14-08-2019.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)


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