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Family Polioptilidae: A family of passerine birds commonly known as "Gnatcatchers". All gnatcatchers are native to the New World, being found in both North and South America. Gnatcatchers are close relatives of the wrens and some species are known as "Gnatwrens".

Image: Erikwlyon

 

Crested Shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus)

…a species of whistler that is endemic to Australia. Crested shrike-tits typically inhabit eucalyptus forests and woodlands where they feed on thistles, insects, and spiders. Crested shrike-tits use their large parrot-like bills to strip bark in search for insects.  They have three distinct subspecies which are separated by range.

The crested shrike-tit is currently listed as least concern however its northern subspecies is listed as endangered and its western subspecies is listed as near threatened. They both suffer from habitat loss and fragmentation. 

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Passeriformes-Passeri-Pachycephalidae-Falcunculus-F.frontatus

Images: Fir0002 and Katarina Christenson

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