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Willisornis
File:Willisornis poecilonotus male.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Willisornis
Agne & Pacheco, 2007

Willisornis is a genus of birds in the Thamnophilidae family. These small, strongly sexually dichromatic birds are native to the Guianas and Amazon Rainforest in South America, and often follow army ants.

Taxonomy[]

Willisornis has traditionally been included in the genus Hylophylax, but is now known to be part of a different clade. The name Dichropogon was used briefly instead, but this name is preoccupied by a genus of asilid flies (Dichropogon Bezzi, 1910).[1][2] Until early 2011, the two species of Willisornis were considered conspecific.[3]

References[]

  1. ^ Revive the genus Dichropogon - South American Classification Committee (2007)
  2. ^ Reassign Dichropogon to Willisornis - South American Classification Committee (2008)
  3. ^ Isler & Whitney (2011). Species limits in antbirds (Thamnophilidae): The Scale-backed Antbird (Willisornis poecilinotus) complex. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123(1): 1-14



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