Basal Oscine and Acanthisitti Photo Albums
This album page provides image and text hyperlinks to galleries that display images of Basal Oscines and Acanthisitti (New Zealand Wrens) that belong to order Passeriformes, see Taxonomy note at the end of this page. I photographed in various natural habitats. In each photo album, a gallery features portraits of individual species that may include male, female, juvenile or immature birds. And for some species, a supplementary gallery displays behaviours such as hunting, nesting, feeding, and mating.
Scrubwrens, thornbills and pardalotes occupy a variety of habitats including forests, grassland and shrubland. Fairy-wrens are small to very-small insectivores with cocked tails found in similar habits including heath.
Climacterida and Orthonychida
Bowerbirds and Catbirds are medium to large-sized omnivorous birds found primarily in wet-forests and rainforests. Australasian babblers are medium-sized birds found in woodland and shrubland.
Basal Oscines Taxonomy
To help the presentation of my photo album collections, I adopt the Basal Oscines taxonomy in J Boyd’s Taxonomy in Flux Checklist. The Basal Oscines branch off separately before the split between Corvida and Passerida, which has ten families, arranged into four parvorders: Menurida, Climacterida, Meliphagida and Orthonychida. In the Sibley and Monroe Checklist, these are superfamilies are placed in Menuroidea, Climacteroidea, Meliphagoidea and Orthonychoidea
The Meliphagida photo album comprises honeyeater (Meliphagidae), fairy-wrens (Maluridae) and thornbill (Acanthizidae). The thornbills, scrubwrens and gerygones (Acanthizidae) merge with Pardalotes (Pardalotinae) and rename Gerygones and Allies.
Similarly, the Menuroidea photo album comprises bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchidae) and catbird (Ailuroedinae).