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Whitefaces
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Chestnut-breasted Whiteface (Aphelocephala pectoralis)
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Infraorder: Meliphagida
Subfamily: Acanthizinae
Genus: Aphelocephala
Oberholser, 1899

Aphelocephala is a genus of bird in the thornbill family Acanthizidae. The three species are collectively known as whitefaces. They are endemic to Australia, generally occurring in the arid centre of the continent. They are striking looking bird, particularly compared to their duller looking relatives, having dark upperparts and white breasts and faces (as suggested by the name). Two species, the Chestnut-breasted and Banded Whitefaces, break up the white undersides with a darker band (or double band). The three species have stubby bills and unlike rest of the Acanthizidae they consume large numbers of seeds in their diet.

It contains the following species:

References

  • Del Hoyo, J.; Elliot, A. & Christie D. (editors). (2006). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions. ISBN 9788496553422



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