Elachuridae – Spotted Wren-babbler

Spotted Wren-babbler Elachura formosa ©Per Alström et al Website

In 2014 a group of ornithologists led by Dr Trevor Price of the University of Chicago described a new family of birds found in China, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. Based on analysis of one of the most comprehensive datasets to date of Passerida, the largest passerine bird group, Dr Price and his colleagues identified nine primary lineages (Sylvioidea, Muscicapoidea, Certhioidea, Passeroidea, the bombycillids, Paridae/Remizidae, Stenostiridae, Hyliotidae, Regulidae), and a relict lineage represented by the Spotted wren-babbler. It was previously included in the genus Spelaeornis as Spelaeornis formosus along with eight other species of wren-babblers.

It is represented by just one species:

Spotted Wren-babbler Elachura formosa.

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