OW Flycatchers, Chats, Nuthatches and Wrens
Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae) are part of Muscicapoidea placed in Passeriformes. Flycatchers (Muscicapidae) are small to medium-sized arboreal birds that hunt on flying insects from perches in trees or bushes. Chats (Muscicapidae) are small insectivorous ground-feeding birds formerly part of the thrushes (Turdidae) family. Nuthatches (Sittidae) and Wrens (Troglodytidae) placed in Certhioidea which a sister to Muscicapoidea, see Taxonomy note at the end of this page.
Old World Flycatchers, Chats, Nuthatches and Wrens
Old World Flycatchers and Chats Notes
Displayed species in the gallery are ‘Red List 2019’ assessed as ‘Least Concern’. I photographed the featured flycatchers in Singapore and the chats in England.
Nuthatches, Wrens, OW Flycatchers and Chats Taxonomy
The figure shows a simplified taxonomy family tree relevant to the Nuthatches, Wrens, OW Flycatchers and Chats photo album and a second Muscicapoidea photo album.
J Boyd’s Taxonomy in Flux Checklist states that Certhioidea is likely sister to Muscicapoidea or treated as an integral part of Muscicapoidea.
Following the preference for the independent superfamily Certhioidea comprises:
(a) Nuthatches (Sittidae),
(b) Wrens (Troglodytidae).
Muscicapoidea breaks into two clades. This photo album contains the first family in the first clade:
(a) Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae).