Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Furnariidae
Subfamily: Furnariinae
Genus: Thripophaga
Cabanis, 1847

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Thripophaga is the genus of birds that popularly are known as softtails. They are members of the family Furnariidae, which are related to the thistletails. They are found in wooded and shrubby habitats, sometimes near water, in South America.


The Plain Softtail and Russet-mantled Softtail are generally placed here, but these are somewhat aberrant and appear closer to the thornbirds of the genus Phacellodomus. Additionally, a possibly undescribed species exists in Venezuela.[1]


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