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Family: Cracticidae which is currently not used. Instead, these genera are placed within family Artamidae

[edit] Description

Bellmagpies and allies.
This family is restricted to Australia and New Guinea.
All species are fairly typical passerines, but the different genera show different adaptions.
Peltops are flycatcher-like birds, Butcherbirds, Currawongs and the Australian Magpie more resemble crows and jays.

[edit] Taxonomy

Cracticidae is a Family in the Order Passeriformes.
The Woodswallows are the closest relatives of this family and they are sometimes merged in one family.
The genus Peltops has been placed within the family Monarchidae in the past.

Family Cracticidae viewedit

Genus Peltops viewedit
P. montanus Mountain Peltops
P. blainvillii Lowland Peltops

Genus Cracticus viewedit
C. mentalis Black-backed Butcherbird
C. torquatus Grey Butcherbird
C. argenteus Silver-backed Butcherbird
C. cassicus Hooded Butcherbird
C. louisiadensis Tagula Butcherbird
C. nigrogularis Pied Butcherbird
C. quoyi Black Butcherbird

Genus Gymnorhina viewedit
G. tibicen Australian Magpie

Genus Strepera viewedit
S. graculina Pied Currawong
S. fuliginosa Black Currawong
S. versicolor Grey Currawong

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507

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