The palmchat (Dulus dominicus) is the only member of its genus and family. Todies and palmchats are the only two endemic bird families of the Caribbean. Because of the palm-chat's evolutionary and taxonomic importance, the Dominican Republic (which occupies two thirds of the island of Hispan-iola) has declared it the national bird.
The palmchat was first described in 1766 by Linnaeus as a member of the genus Tanagra. In 1847 Haurtlaub classified it under its present genus, Dulus.
Surprisingly, palmchats are unrelated to any other His-paniolan bird species, but are distantly related to North American waxwings (Bombycillidae), with whom they share similar skeletal structures.
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