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Accounting for phylogenetic uncertainty in biogeography: a Bayesian approach to dispersal-vicariance analysis of the thrushes (Aves: Turdus).
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A Bayesian approach to dispersal-vicariance analysis is applied that allows a more accurate analysis of the biogeographic history of lineages and finds that despite the uncertainty in tree topology, ancestral area reconstructions indicate that the Turdus clade originated in the eastern Palearctic during the Late Miocene.
Phylogeny and classification of the avian superfamily Sylvioidea.
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This is the first taxon-dense analysis of the Sylvioidea based on sequence data (nuclear myoglobin intron II and mitochondrial cytochrome b gene), which investigates the interrelationships among the four "sylvioid" clades, as well as the relationships within the largest of these clades.
Non-monophyletic taxa and cryptic species--evidence from a molecular phylogeny of leaf-warblers (Phylloscopus, Aves).
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The phylogeny of all except two of the species placed in the Cryptigata and Acanthopneuste groups, as well as two recently described species and representatives of all subgenera and major clades in Phylloscopus and Seicercus recognized by previous studies are estimated.
Multi-locus phylogenetic analysis of Old World chats and flycatchers reveals extensive paraphyly at family, subfamily and genus level (Aves: Muscicapidae).
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A high number of traditionally defined genera was found to be paraphyletic or polyphyletic, and four major clades are recognized in Muscicapinae, Niltavinae (new family-group name), Erithacinae and Saxicolinae.
Niche filling slows the diversification of Himalayan songbirds
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It is shown that body size and shape differences evolved early in the radiation, with the elevational band occupied by a species evolving later, which implies that speciation rate is ultimately set by niche filling, rather than by the rate of acquisition of reproductive isolation.
Cryptic species in the genus Phylloscopus (Old World leaf warblers)
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Estimated relationships within the species complex based on mitochondrial control region DNA sequences show that there is little variation within the geographic ranges of either humei or inornatus compared with the deep split between the two taxa.
Buntings and sparrows : a guide to the buntings and North American sparrows
Covers all the buntings (Palearctic) and sparrows (Nearctic) - 108 species - of the Holarctic region. These birds are members of the sub-family emberizinae, and are represented in nearly every
BUILD-UP OF THE HIMALAYAN AVIFAUNA THROUGH IMMIGRATION: A BIOGEOGRAPHICAL ANALYSIS OF THE PHYLLOSCOPUS AND SEICERCUS WARBLERS
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This study compares the relative importance of immigration versus in situ speciation to the build-up of the Himalayan avifauna, by evaluating the biogeographic history of the Phylloscopus/Seicercus warblers, a speciose clade that is well represented in Himalayan forests.
Phylogeny and classification of the Old World Emberizini (Aves, Passeriformes).
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The phylogeny of the avian genus Emberiza and the monotypic genera Latoucheornis, Melophus and Miliaria, as well as representatives for the New World Emberizini, the circumpolar genera Calcarius and Plectrophenax and the four other generally recognized tribes in the subfamily Emberizinae was estimated.
Multi-locus phylogeny of the family Acrocephalidae (Aves: Passeriformes)--the traditional taxonomy overthrown.
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The first study of the warbler family Acrocephalidae based on one mitochondrial and three nuclear DNA loci found six major clades, which agreed largely with the results from two earlier mitochondrial studies, and revealed some new constellations.
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