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Hugh Alastair Ford, PhD

Class Aves Order Passeriformes Suborder Passeri (Oscines) Family Epthianuridae

Thumbnail description

Small, rotund, active birds with short tails, slender bills, and upright stance, sexually dimorphic with males often brightly colored


Number of genera, species

2 genera; 5 species


Desert, semi-arid, and coastal shrublands

Conservation status

Endangered: 1 subspecies; Critically Endangered: 1 subspecies of same species; Lower Risk (Least Concern): 1 subspecies

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