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Tyranni

John Harshman
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taxon links [up-->]Cotingidae [up-->]Pipridae [up-->]Tyrannidae [up-->]Tityridae Phylogenetic position of group is uncertain[down<--]Suboscines Interpreting the tree
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Relationships after Tello et al. (2009), Ohlson et al. (2008), Ericson et al. (2006), and others.
Containing group: Suboscines

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

Several clades within Tyranni are clearly established: Pipridae (manakins), Tityridae (tityras), Cotingidae (cotingas), and Tyrannidae (tyrant flycatchers). But relationships among them are contradictory in different analyses, and no resolution is strongly supported in any analysis (Barker et al. 2002, 2004; Johansson et al. 2002; Chesser 2004, Ohlson et al. 2008, Tello et al. 2009). However, the last two references, especially, have made considerable progress in consolidating these four clades (though some species have changed allegiance) and every species but one can now be placed in its proper group with confidence. That species, Calyptura cristata, remains a mystery. Until recently thought extinct, it has never been genetically sampled, and it has been linked at various times to tyrannids, tityrids, cotingids, and piprids.

The group here called Tyranni has been given various other, though similar, names by other workers, Tyrannides and Tyrannida being the commonest. The distinctions are arbitrary.

Other Names for Tyranni

References

Barker, F. K., G. F. Barrowclough, and J. G. Groth. 2002. A phylogenetic hypothesis for passerine birds; Taxonomic and biogeographic implications of an analysis of nuclear DNA sequence data. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 269:295-308.

Barker, F. K., A. Cibois, P. Schikler, J. Feinstein, and J. Cracraft. 2004. Phylogeny and diversification of the largest avian radiation. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 101:11040-11045.

Chesser, R. T. 2004. Molecular systematics of New World suboscine birds. Mol. Phylogen. Evol. 32:11-24.

Ericson, P. G. P., D. Zuccon, J. I. Ohlson, U. S. Johansson, H. Alvarenga, and R. O. Prum. 2006. Higher level phylogeny and morphological evolution of tyrant flycatchers, cotingas, manakins and their allies (Aves: Tyrannida). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 40:471483.

Johansson, U. S., M. Irestedt, T. J. Parsons, and P. G. P. Ericson. 2002. Basal phylogeny of the Tyrannoidea based on comparisons of cytochrome b and exons of nuclear c-myc and RAG-1 genes. Auk 119:984-995.

Lanyon, S.M. 1985. Molecular perspective on higher-level relationships in the Tyrannoidea (Aves). Systematic Zoology 34:40418.

Ohlson, J. I., R. O. Prum, and P. G. P. Ericson. 2007. A molecular phylogeny of the cotingas (Aves : Cotingidae). Molecular Phylogenetic and Evolution 42(1):25-37.

Prum, R. O. 1990. A test of the monophyly of the manakins (Pipridae) and of the cotingas (Cotingidae) based on morphology. Occasional Papers of The Museum of Zoology, The University of Michigan 723:144.

Ridgely, R. S. and G. Tudor. 1994. The Birds of South America. Volume 2. The Suboscine Passerines. University of Texas, Austin.

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Scientific Name Pitangus sulphuratus
Location Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Grande Kiskadi / Great kiskadee
Source Collection Flickr
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Copyright © 2006 Isidro Vila Verde
Scientific Name [Pipra] erythrocephala
Location captive at North Carolina Zoo
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Golden-headed Manakin
Source Collection Flickr
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Copyright © 2007 Valerie
Scientific Name Pipreola riefferii
Location Owlet Lodge, Abra Patricia, Amazonas dept., Peru
Comments Fairly common along east slope of Andes, 1700-2900m. These were quite common in the grounds of Owlet Lodge.
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Source Green-and-black Fruiteater (Pipreola riefferii)
Source Collection Flickr
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Copyright © 2009 David Cook Wildlife Photography
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