Palmchat near flower
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Infraorder: Passerida
Superfamily: Bombycilloidea
Family: Dulidae
P.L. Sclater, 1862
Genus: Dulus
Vieillot, 1816
Species: D. dominicus
Binomial name
Dulus dominicus
(Linnaeus, 1766)

Tanagra dominica Linnaeus, 1766
For family level, see text.

Palmchat, Dulus dominicus is a species of passerine in the Bombycilloidea superfamily.[2] It is the only member of its family and genus.[2][3]

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Other common names Palm-chat
French Esclave palmiste
German Palmenschwätzer
Spanish Sigua Palmera


Most modern authors consider the Palmchat to be allied to the waxwings (Bombycillidae) and the silky-flycatchers (Ptilogonatidae), although there is ongoing debate as to whether it is sufficiently distinct taxonomically to merit independent family status.[3]

There are references to the Palmchat in the 16th century. It was formally classified by Linnaeus in 1766, who included the Palmchat with the euphonias (Euphonia) in his genus Tanagra.[3] It was subsequently it was placed in the silky-flycatchers and waxwings in a family called Ampelidae.[3] This treatment remained the consensus with most authors until 1904, when R. Ridgway split the group into three separate families: Bombycillidae, Ptiligonatidae and Dulidae.[4][3] Many twenty-century taxonomists continued to follow this classification, although some treated the three families as subfamilies with in the Bombycillidae family.[5][3] Few authors included the Hypocolius in a fourth bombycillid subfamily.[5][3]


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  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Dulus dominicus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Boyd, John (2015). "dulidae" (v. 3.00 ed.). Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Temple, H. (2016). Palmchat (Dulidae). 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 on 15 March 2016).
  4. ^ Ridgway, R. (1904). The birds of North and Middle America, Part III. U. S. Nat. Mus. Bull. 50:xx + 801 pp., 19 plates, 1904.
  5. ^ a b Sibley, C.G., and B.L. Monroe (1990), “Distribution and Taxonomy of the Birds of the World”, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT.

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