Family: Timaliidae. Tree-Babblers, Scimitar-Babblers, and Allies.
The Old World babblers are a large, highly variable family of Old World passerine birds. Typical features of this family are:1
- Similar sexes
- Short, rounded wings
- Juveniles generally lacking the spotting characteristic of thrushes and chats
- Tendency to longer, rounded tail
- Generally stout bill and legs
- Often soft, fluffy plumage.
Babblers are found in Asia.
Timaliidae is a family in the Order Passeriformes.
This family has long been said to be a dustbin for taxonomists, where they would place any bird with uncertain affinities. However, recent work, particulary by A. Cibois, has revealed more information about this complex family. A major revision has occured and only a few genera remained in this family.
The families Pnoepygidae (Cupwings), Pellorneidae (Fulvettas and Ground Babblers) and Leiothrichidae (Laughingthrushes) have been split from the Timaliidae.
Other genera have been moved to various other families, including Sylviidae, Bernieridae, Vangidae, Zosteropidae, Promeropidae and even Vireonidae.
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- Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Timaliidae. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 9 March 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Timaliidae