Resources

Books

Coates, Brian J. "Passerines." In The Birds of Papua New Guinea. Vol. 2. Alderley: Dove Publications, 1993.

Higgins, P. J. and J. M. Peter, eds. Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Vol. 6, Pardalotes to Figbird. Melbourne: Oxford University Press (in preparation).

Schodde, R. and I. J. Mason. "Passerines." In The Directory of Australian Birds. Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing, 1999.

Periodicals

"Batrachotoxin Alkaloids from Passerine Birds: A Second Toxic Bird Genus (Ifrita kowaldi) from New Guinea."

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 97 (2000): 12970-12975.

Smith, G. T. "Ecology of the Western Whipbird Psophodes nigrogularis in Western Australia." Emu 91 (1991): 145-157.

Organizations

Birds Australia. 415 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn East, Victoria 3123 Australia. Phone: +61 3 9882 2622. Fax: +61 3 9882 2677. E-mail: [email protected] Web site: <http://www.birdsaustralia.com.au>

Walter E. Boles, PhD

Class Aves Order Passeriformes Suborder Passeri (Oscines) Family Rhipiduridae

Thumbnail description

Small to medium-small slim birds with flat, triangular bills, double rows of long rictal bristles, and prominent long, rounded, fanned tails.

Size

Number of genera, species

2 genera; 40 species

Habitat

Rainforest, forest, mangroves, woodland, savanna, shrub steppe, heath, grasslands, areas near human habitation

Conservation status

Vulnerable: 2 species; Near Threatened: 5 species

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