Corvida and Basal Oscines Photographed in their Natural Habitat
This album page supplies links to galleries that display Corvida1 and basal2 oscines that I photographed in various habitats. In each photo album a gallery displays portraits of individual species that may include male, female, juvenile or immature birds and for some species, a supplementary gallery features behaviour such as hunting, nesting, feeding, and mating.
Corvida (Corvids) Photo Albums
Crows are almost cosmopolitan, found in most terrestrial habitats and form the core corvid group; Monarch-flycatchers are small to medium-sized oscines occupying woodland and forest habitats; Shrikes are small slender-bodied birds often seen in open or bushy habitat.
Drongos are medium-sized forest and woodland passerines with forked tails; Fantails are forest birds that have small-bodies and long tails; Australian Robins are small stocky forest oscines; Birds-of-paradise are small to large rainforest passerines.
Superfamily Corvoidea (Orioloidea and Malaconotoidea)
Old World Orioles are medium-sized forest, woodland, and parkland oscines; Whistlers are small to medium-sized birds that inhabit woodland and rainforests; Mohouas4: include three small-sized species that mainly inhabit New Zealand's native forest.
Butcherbirds are small to medium-sized birds that have varied habitats including urban areas; Cuckooshrikesthese small to medium-sized oscines exploit most forest type habitats; Ioras are very-small passerines found in wooded areas including, parks and gardens.
Basal Oscine Photo Albums
Superfamily Meliphagoidea6 (Basal Oscines, Parvorder Meliphagida)
Fairy-wrens7 are small to very-small insectivores with cocked tails found in variety of habitats including forests, grassland and shrubland; Thornbills8 are small to medium-sized birds whose habitats include forests, woodland and heath.
Superfamily Menuroidea9 (Basal Oscines, Parvorder Climacterida)
1 Under the Sibley and Ahlquist Classification for Oscines (Passeri), a suborder of Passeriformes, there are two parvorders: Passerida and Corvida.
2 In some modern approaches to avian taxonomy basal oscines branch off before off the Corvida and Passerida parvorder split. These basal oscines are closely related to Corvida and include ten families arranged in four groups with some elevated to superfamily status.
3 Some modern taxonomic approaches elevate OW orioles and whistlers to superfamily Orioloidea while Sibley and Ahlquist Classification places them in Corvoidea.
4 Sibley and Ahlquist Classification places Mohouas (Mohouidae) in Corvoidea while other taxonomists have placed them in many different families, but usually in whistlers (Pachycephalidae). Modern approaches suggest they should be basal to core corvids being a sister group to Orioloidea and Malaconotoidea.
5 Sibley and Ahlquist Classification places these families in Corvoidea while some modern approach elevates them to superfamily Malaconotoidea.
6 Sibley and Ahlquist Classification place honeyeaters (Meliphagidae), fairy-wrens (Maluridae) and thornbills (Acanthizidae) in superfamily Meliphagoidea while the modern approach to taxonomy places them in basal oscines, parvorder Meliphagida.
7 The Australian Wrens (Maluridae) family comprises two sub families: Malurinae (fairy-wrens/emu-wrens) and Amytornithinae (grass-wrens).
8 Under some modern approaches to taxonomy thornbills, scrubwrens and gerygones (Acanthizidae) have been merged with Pardalotes (Pardalotinae) renamed Gerygones and allies family.
9 Sibley and Ahlquist Classification place bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae) family in Superfamily Menuroidea part of parvorder Corvida while others place them in basal oscines, parvorder Climacterida.