Phylogeny and phylogenetic classification of the antbirds, ovenbirds, woodcreepers, and allies (Aves: Passeriformes: infraorder Furnariides)

  title={Phylogeny and phylogenetic classification of the antbirds, ovenbirds, woodcreepers, and allies (Aves: Passeriformes: infraorder Furnariides)},
  author={Robert G. Moyle and R. Terry Chesser and Robb Thomas Brumfield and Jos{\'e} G. Tello and Daniele Marchese and Joel Cracraft},
The infraorder Furnariides is a diverse group of suboscine passerine birds comprising a substantial component of the Neotropical avifauna. The included species encompass a broad array of morphologies and behaviours, making them appealing for evolutionary studies, but the size of the group (ca. 600 species) has limited well‐sampled higher‐level phylogenetic studies. Using DNA sequence data from the nuclear RAG‐1 and RAG‐2 exons, we undertook a phylogenetic analysis of the Furnariides sampling… 

DNA sequence data reveal a subfamily-level divergence within Thamnophilidae (Aves: Passeriformes).

Genetic and morphological data support placement of Myrmotherula gularis (Spix) in the monotypic genus Rhopias Cabanis and Heine (Aves: Passeriformes: Thamnophilidae)

It is shown that M. gularis represents a long branch in the tribe Thamnophilini that is not closely related to any other member of the Myrmotherula complex, and its relationships within the tribe remain uncertain because of the lack of phylogenetic resolution at the base of the tribe.

Phylogeny of Thripophagini ovenbirds (Aves: Synallaxinae: Furnariidae)

The phylogeny and estimate the time of divergence of this group, the Thripophagini, is reconstructed, using sequences from two complete mitochondrial genes from a total of 115 fresh tissue samples to provide a better understanding of the phylogenetic relationships of the taxa within this group.

Phylogeny and classification of the New World suboscines (Aves, Passeriformes).

This study corroborates many of the recent insights into the phylogenetic relationships of New World suboscines and clarifies a number of cases for which previous studies have been inconclusive, including the relationships of Conopophagidae, Melanopareiidae and Tityridae.

Corrigendum: Morphology‐based phylogenetic analysis and classification of the family Rhinocryptidae (Aves: Passeriformes)

The first morphology-based phylogenetic study of the Rhinocryptidae is presented, using 90 anatomical characters scored for all genera of the family and representatives of all families of the infraorder Furnariides.

Revising Species Limits in a Group of Myrmeciza Antbirds Reveals a Cryptic Species Within M. Laemosticta (Thamnophilidae)

Evidence is presented that only two diagnosable vocal characters may be sufficient for two populations to be considered distinct species in this group of trans-Andean Myrmeciza antbirds, and proposed elevating the Magdalena Antbird to species rank and thus that four species be recognized in the M. laemosticta complex.

Phylogeny and historical biogeography of gnateaters (Passeriformes, Conopophagidae) in the South America forests.

Geocerthia , a new genus of terrestrial ovenbird (Aves: Passeriformes: Furnariidae)

Additional molecular data for species in these and related genera are gathered, and it is determined conclusively that U. serrana is sister to a clade consisting of sister genera Cinclodes and Upucerthia (Fig. 1).



Evolution of the ovenbird‐woodcreeper assemblage (Aves: Furnariidae) ‐ major shifts in nest architecture and adaptive radiation

A genus-level phylogeny of ovenbirds based on both mitochondrial and nuclear DNA including a more complete taxon sampling than in previous molecular studies of the group is presented, suggesting cavity nesting to be plesiomorphic within the ovenbird–woodcreeper radiation.


This first cladistic analysis of the furnariids demonstrates the general utility of nest characters in reconstruction of avian rela- tionships, and it provides a test of monophyly for several furnariid taxa.

Systematic relationships and biogeography of the tracheophone suboscines (Aves: Passeriformes).

Phylogenetic relationships of woodcreepers (Aves: Dendrocolaptinae) – incongruence between molecular and morphological data

A molecular phylogeny of the major lineages of woodcreepers (Aves: Dendrocolaptinae) is presented, based on nucleotide sequence data from a nuclear non-coding gene region (myoglobin intron II) and a protein- coding mitochondrial gene (cytochrome b).

Independent evolution of two Darwinian marsh-dwelling ovenbirds (Furnariidae: Limnornis, Limnoctites)

A close relationship between Limnornis and Phleocryptes is supported by the apparently unique nest architecture and blue-green egg color, and a clade with the Wren-like Rushbird and the Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper is formed.

A phylogeny of the woodcreepers (Dendrocolaptinae)

A phylogeny of 42 species representing the 13 genera of woodcreepers was constructed by means of a numerical-cladistic analysis of morphological characters from the hindlimb muscles, bill, nostrils, feet, and tail, but the characters used did not effectively delineate relationships between species in the large genera Lepidocolaptes and Xiphorhynchus.

Molecular data reveal some major adaptational shifts in the early evolution of the most diverse avian family, the Furnariidae

A robust phylogeny estimate for the family Furnariidae (sensu lato) was obtained using sequences of two nuclear introns and one mitochondrial gene (cyt b), contrary to the widely accepted sister-group relationship of ovenbirds and woodcreepers, a basal clade is suggested for Sclerurus and Geositta, while Xenops was found to occupy a basal position on the woodcreeper lineage.

Phylogeny and Evolutionary History of Old World Suboscine Birds (Aves: Eurylaimides)

The timing and phylogenetic pattern suggest a likely Laurasian origin for the sole New World representative of the Eurylaimides, Sapayoa aenigma, and this group came to inhabit widely disjunct tropical regions and evolved disparate morphology, diet, and breeding behavior.

Phylogenetic position of the monotypic Des Murs’ Wiretail (Sylviorthorhynchus desmursii, Aves: Furnariidae) based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA

Nucleotide sequence data from mitochondrial and nuclear genes are obtained and used to deduce the phylogenetic position of a monotypic genus endemic to the austral temperate rainforests of southern South America, and reject the hypothesis of a phylogenetic relationship between Des Murs’ Wiretail and thistletails (Schizoeaca).

African endemics span the tree of songbirds (Passeri): molecular systematics of several evolutionary ‘enigmas’

An emerging phylogenetic picture reveals that relationships within Old World families are highly informative regarding the early dispersal and radiation of songbirds out of Gondwana.