BIRDS of THE WORLD - An Online Bird Book


Order Passeriformes    Family Pnoepygidae

Pnoepyga is a genus / family of cupwings endemic to southern and south eastern Asia. The genus has long been placed in the babbler family Timaliidae. A 2009 study of the DNA of the families Timaliidae and the Old World warblers (Sylviidae) found no support for the placement of the genus in either family, prompting a new monogeneric family, the Pnoepygidae. The cupwings are also known as wren-babblers.

The "wren-babblers" of family Pnoepygidae (Wren-Babblers) are not closely related to the "wren-babblers" of family Pellorneidae (Ground-Babblers).

Genus Pnoepyga

Cupwing,_Chinese also Chinese Wren-Babbler  Pnoepyga mutica   Found: China
Image by: 1) Haller1962  2) Unknown

Cupwing,_Immaculate also Nepal Wren-Babbler  Pnoepyga immaculata   Found: India, Nepal
Image by: 1) Haller1962  2) Pkspks - India 

Cupwing,_Pygmy also Pygmy Wren-Babbler  Pnoepyga pusilla   Found: China, Indian subcontinent, southeast Asia, Malaysia
Image by: 1) Haller1962  2, 3) Hiyashi Haka  4) Francesco_Veronesi - Indonesia

Cupwing,_Scaly-breasted also Scaly-breasted Wren-Babbler  Pnoepyga albiventer   Found: India, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam.
Image by: 1) Dibyendu_Ash - India  2) JM_Garg - India   3) Francesco_Veronesi - India

Cupwing,_Taiwan also Taiwan Wren-Babbler  Pnoepyga formosana   Found: Taiwan
Image by: 1) Francesco_Veronesi  2) Sammy_Sam

Australasian BABBLERs

Order Passeriformes    Family Pomatostomidae

Genus Pomatostomus
The Australo-Papuan babblers are medium-sized terrestrial birds with sombre plumage and long decurved bills. The wings are short and round, and the tail is long and often held fanned which makes it look broad as well. The feet and legs are strong and adapted to a terrestrial existence. There is no sexual dimorphism in the plumage, which is composed of brown, russet and grey colours, with all but the Papuan babbler having striking white markings on the face and throat.

Babbler,_Chestnut-crowned  Pomatostomus ruficeps  Found: Australia
The Chestnut-crowned Babbler has gray-brown upperparts; chestnut crown; white supercilium, 2 wing-bars; underparts; dark brown eyes; gray legs.
Image by: 1) Pookie Fugglestein  2) Chris_Tzaros  3) Brian_McCauley  Aviceda - Bowra, SW Queensland, Australia

Babbler,_Gray-crowned  Pomatostomus temporalis  Found: Australia
Image by: 1) Aviceda - Queensland  2) Dave_Curtis  3, 4) David Cook - Leeton, NSW, Australia

Babbler,_Hall's  Pomatostomus halli  Found: Australia
The Hall's Babbler has mainly dark brown plumabe; white crown with brown median stipe; wide black eye-line; white throat, bib; brown rest underparts.
Image by: 1, 2, 3) David Cook - Bowra Station, via Cunnamulla, Queensland

Babbler,_Papuan    Pomatostomus isidorei  Found: New Guinea
Image by: 1, 2, 3) Katerina_Tvardikova

Babbler,_White-browed  Pomatostomus superciliosus  Found: Australia
The White-browed Babbler has brown upperparts; wide white supercilium; brown mask; whitish underparts.
Image by: 1, 2, 3) David Cook - Benambra National Park, via Holbrook, NSW, Australia  4) Laurie_Boyle


Order Passeriformes    Family Eupetidae

The Rail-babbler is the only memeber of family Eupetidae. It is not certain what the nearest relaives are, perhaps the rockfowl.

Genus Eupetes - 1 species

Rail-Babbler,_Malaysian  Eupetes macrocerus  Found: Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia
The Malaysian Rail-babbler has mainly brown plumage; reddish forehead, crown, throat; black eye-stripe; white supercilium.
Image by: 1) Francesco Veronesi - Thailand

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