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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.


Number of genera, species

2 genera; 40 species


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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