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Shrikebills
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Monarchidae
Genus: Clytorhynchus
Elliot, 1870
Diversity
[[#Species|4-6 species]]
Synonyms

Pinarolestes Sharpe, 1877

The shrikebills are the monarch flycatcher genus Clytorhynchus. The four to six species have long laterally compressed bills similar to true shrikes that give them their names. The genus is endemic to the islands of Melanesia and western Polynesia.[1]

The shrikebills are insectivorous, and use their large heavy bills to explore tangles of dead leaves and dead wood; an unusual foraging strategy for their family.[1] Their diet may also include small fruits and lizards.

Species

Clytorhynchus contains the following species:

References

  1. ^ a b Duston, Guy (2006). "The Pacific shrikebills (Clytorhynchus) and the case for species status for the form sanctaecrucis" (PDF). Bulletin of the British Ornithological Club. 126 (4): 299–308. 


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