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FAMILY 17.—MUSCICAPIDÆ. (44 Genera, 283 Species.)
PALEARCTIC ETHIOPIAN ORIENTAL Í AUSTRALIAN
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The Muscicapidæ, or Flycatchers (Muscicapinæ and Myiagrinæ of the Hand List, omitting Cochoa and including Pogonocichla) form an extensive family of usually small-sized and often brightcoloured birds, very abundant in the warmer regions of the Old World and Australia, but becoming scarce as we approach the temperate and colder regions. They are wholly absent from North and South America. The genera, many of which are not well defined, are distributed as follows :
Peltops (1 sp.), Papuan Islands ; Monarcha (28 sp.), Moluccas to the Carolines and Marquesas Islands, Australia and Tasmania; Leucophantes (1 sp.), New Guinea ; Butalis (4 sp.), Ethiopian and Palæarctic regions, Moluccas and Formosa ; Muscicapa (12 sp.), Europe and Africa; Muscicapula (6 sp.), India to Western China; Alsconax (1 sp.), South Africa; Erythrosterna (7 sp.), Europe to China and Java; Newtonia (1 sp.), Madagascar; Xanthopygia (2 sp.), Japan, China, Malacca ; Hemipus (1 sp.), India and Ceylon ; Pycnophrys (1 sp.), Java ; Hyliota (2 sp.), West Africa ; Erythrocercus (2 sp.), West Africa and Zambesi; Micræca (6 sp.), Australia, Timor, and Papuan Islands ; Artoinyias (2 sp.), West Africa ; Pseudobias (1 sp.), Madagascar; Hemichelidon (3 sp.), the Oriental region and North China ; Smithornis (2 sp.), West and South Africa ; Megabias (1 sp.), West Africa; Cassinia (2 sp.), West Africa; Bias, (1 sp.), Tropical Africa; Niltava (3 sp.), Himalayas to West China; Cyornis (16 sp.), the whole Oriental region ; Cyanoptila (1 sp.), Japan, China, Hainan; Eumyias (7 sp.), India to South China, Ceylon, and Sumatra ; (1213 and 1216) Siphia (8 sp.), North India, Formosa, Timor; Anthipes (1 sp.), Nepal ; Seisura (5 sp.), Australia and AustroMalaya (excluding Celebes): (Myiagra (16 sp.), Australia and Moluccas to Caroline and Samoa Islands : Hypothymis (2 sp.), Oriental region and Celebes ; Elminia (2 sp.), Tropical Africa; Muscitodus (2 sp.), Fiji Islands ; Macharirhynchus (4 sp.), Papuan Islands and North Australia ; Platystira (12 sp.), Tropical and South Africa ; Rhipidura (45 sp.), the Oriental and Australian regions to the Samoa Islands and Tasmania ; Chelidorynx (1 sp.), North India ; Myialestes (2 sp.), India to Ceylon, China, Java and Celebes ; Tchitrea (26 sp.), the entire Ethiopian and Oriental regions, and to North China and Japan ; Philentoma (4 sp.) Malacca, Sumatra, Borneo, and Philippine Islands ; Todopsis (6 sp.), Papuan Islands ; (836) Pogonocichla (1. sp.), South Africa; (1061 – 1063) Bradyornis (7 sp.), Tropical and South Africa; (1460) Chasiempis (2 sp.), Sandwich Islands.
FAMILY 18.-PACHYCEPHALIDÆ. (5 Genera, 62 Species.)
The Pachycephalidæ, or Thick-headed Shrikes (Pachycephaling of the Hand List omitting Colluricincla, Cracticus, and Pardalotus) are almost confined to the Australian region, a single species extending to Java and Aracan, and another (?) to Madagascar. The family has generally been united with the Laniidæ, but most modern ornithologists consider it to be distinct. The distribution of the genera is as follows :
Orarca (1 sp.), Australia; Falcunculus (2 sp.), Australia ; Pachycephala (44 sp.), Sula Islands (east of Celebes) to the Fiji Islands, and Australia ; Hylocharis (4 sp.), Timor, Celebes, IndoMalaya, and Aracan; Calicalicus (1 sp.), Madagascar; Eopsaltria (14 sp.), Australia, New Caledonia, and the New Hebrides; Artamia (4 sp.), Madagascar,-may belong to this family, or to Lanijdæ, Oriolidæ, or Artamidæ, according to different authors.
FAMILY 19.—LANIIDÆ. (19 Genera, 145 Species.)
The Laniidæ, or Shrikes (Lanjinæ and Malaconotinæ of the Hand List, and including Colluricincla), are most abundant and varied in Africa, less plentiful in the Oriental, Australian, and Palæarctic regions, with a few species in the Nearctic region as far as Mexico. The constitution of the family is, however, somewhat uncertain. The genera here admitted are :
Colluricincla (4 sp.), Australia and Tasmania ; Rectes (18 sp.), Papuan Islands, North Australia, to Pelew and Fiji Islands; (1462 — 1464 1466 1470 1471 – 1473) Lanius (50 sp.), the whole Nearctic, Palæarctic, Ethiopian, and Oriental regions, one species reaching Timor, none in Madagascar; Laniellus (1 sp.), Java; Hypocolius (1 sp.), Abyssinia and Upper Nile; Corvinella (1 sp.), South and West Africa; Urolestes (1 sp.), South and East Africa ; Tephrodornis (4 sp.), Oriental region to Hainan and Java ; Hypodes (1 sp.), West Africa ; Fraseria (2 sp.), West Africa; Cuphopterus (1 sp.), Princes’ Island; Nilaus (1 sp.), South and West Africa ; Prionops (9 sp.), Tropical Africa; Eurocephalus (2 sp.), North, East, and South Africa, and Abyssinia ; Chaunonotus (1 sp.), West Africa ; Vanga (4 sp.), Madagascar (Plate VI. vol. i. p. 278); Laniarius (36 sp.), the whole Ethiopian region; Telephonus (10 sp.), all Africa and South Europe; Meristes (2 sp.), Tropical and South Africa ; Nicator (1 sp.), East Africa.
FAMILY 20.—CORVIDÆ. (24 Genera, 190 Species.)
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The Corvidae, or Crows, Jays, &c, form an extensive and somewhat heterogeneous group, some members of which inhabit almost every part of the globe, although none of the genera are cosmopolitan. The true crows are found everywhere but in South America; the magpies, choughs, and nutcrackers are characteristic of the Palsearctic region; the jays are Palaearctic, Oriental, and American; while the piping crows are peculiarly Australian. The more detailed distribution of the genera is as follows:—
Sub-family L Gymnorhininae (Piping Crows).—Strepera (4 sp.), and Gymnorhina (3 sp.), are Australian only; Cracticus (9 sp.), ranges from New Guinea to Tasmania (this is usually put with the Shrikes, but it has more affinity with the preceding genera); Pityriasis (1 sp.), Borneo (an extraordinary bird of very doubtful affinities); Grallina (1 sp.), Australia, is put here by Sundevall,—among Motacillidae, by Gould.
Sub-family II. Garrulinae (Jays).—Platylophm = Lophocitta (4 sp.), Malaya; Garrulus (12 sp.), Palaearctic region, China and Himalayas; Perisoreus (2 sp.), North of Palaearctic and Nearctic regions; Cyanurus (22 sp.), American, from Bolivia to Canada, most abundant in Central America, but absent from the Antilles; Cyanocorax (15 sp), La Plata to Mexico; Calocitta (2 sp.), Guatemala and Mexico; Psilorhinus (3 sp.), Costa Rica to Texas; Urocissa (6 sp.), Western Himalayas to China and Formosa; Cissa (3 sp.), South-eastern Himalayas to Tenasserim, Ceylon, Sumatra, and Java.
Sub-family III. Dendrocittinae (Tree Crows).—Temnurus (3 sp.), Cochin China, Malacca to Borneo (not Java) ; Dendrocitta (9 sp.), the Oriental region to Sumatra, Hainan, and Formosa; Crypsirhina (3 sp.), Pegu, Siam, and Java; Ptilostomus (2 sp.), West, East, and South Africa.
Sub-family IV. Corvinae (Crows and Magpies).—Nucifraga (4 sp.), Palaearctic region to the Himalayas and North China; Picieomis (1 sp.), the Rocky Mountains and California; Gymnokitta (1 sp.), Rocky Mountains and Arizona (Plate XVIII., Vol. II., p. 128); Pica (9 sp.), Palaearctic region, Arctic America, and California; Cyanopica (3 sp.), Spain, North-east Asia, Japan; Streptocitta (2 sp.), Celebes; Charitomis (1 sp.), Sula Islands; Corvus (55 sp.), universally distributed except South America and New Zealand, but found in Guatemala and the Antilles to Porto Eico; reaches the extreme north of Europe and Asia; Qymnocorvus (2 sp), Papuan Islands; Picathartes (1 sp), West Africa; Gorvultur (2 sp.), Tropical and South Africa.
Sub-family V. Fregilinae (Choughs).—Fregilus (3 sp.), mountains and cliffs of Palaearctic region from West -Europe to the Himalayas and North China, Abyssinia (Plate I, VoL I., p. 195); Corc&raz (1 sp.), Australia.
Family 21.—PARADISEICE. (19 Genera, 34 Species.)
The Paradiseidae, or " Birds of Paradise," form one of the most remarkable families of birds, unsurpassed alike for the singularity and the beauty of their plumage. Till recently the family was restricted to about eight species of the more typical Paradise birds, but in his splendid monograph of the group, Mr. Elliot has combined together a number of allied forms which had been doubtfully placed in several adjacent families. The various species of true Paradise birds, having ornamental plumes developed from different parts of the body, are almost wholly confined to New Guinea and the adjacent Papuan Islands, one species only being found in the Moluccas and one in North Australia; while the less typical Bower-birds, having no such developments of plumage, are most characteristic of the north and east of Australia, with a few species in New Guinea. The distribution of the genera according to Mr. Elliot's monograph is as follows:—
Sub-family I. Paradiseinae.—Paradisea (4 sp.), Papuan Islands; Manucodia (3 sp.), Papuan Islands and North Australia; Astrapia (1 sp.), New Guinea; Parotia (1 sp.), New Guinea; Lophorhina (1 sp.), New Guinea; Diphyllodes (3 sp.), Papuan