Evolution and systematics

The taxonomic status of the woodswallows, sometimes called swallow-shrikes, is still under debate. Sibley and Monroe, grouped the woodswallows with the currawongs in the tribe Artamini, subfamily Corvinae, of the family Corvidae, and included several other genera on the basis of DNA-DNA hybridization data. Christidis and Boles in their standard 1994 classification of Australian birds included the woodswallows, butcherbirds, Australian magpies, and cur-rawongs in the family Artamidae. Most recently, Schodde and Mason in their 1999 The Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines follow Christidis and Boles except for the order of genera.

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