Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, Rollers, and relativesJoseph W. Brown and John Harshman
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Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships
Several families traditionally assigned to Coraciiformes have been removed from the order. Bucerotidae and Bucorvidae (hornbills), Upupidae and Phoeniculidae (hoopoes) have been given their own order, Bucerotiformes. Leptosomus (cuckoo roller) is not a roller, and is only distantly related to other traditional coraciiforms. An order that included all these groups would also have to encompass Piciformes and Trogoniformes.
Burton, P. J. K. 1984. Anatomy and evolution of feeding apparatus in the avian orders Coraciiformes and Piciformes. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) 47:331-443.
Fry, C.H., Fry, K. and Harris, A. 1992. Kingfishers, Bee-Eaters and Rollers: A Handbook. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Hackett, S. J., Kimball, R. T., Reddy, S., Bowie, R. C. K., Braun, E. L., Braun, M. J., Chojnowski, J. L., Cox, W. A., Han, K.-L., Harshman, J., Huddleston, C. J., Marks, B. D., Miglia, K. J., Moore, W. A., Sheldon, F. H., Steadman, D. W., Witt, C. C., and Yuri, T. 2008. A phylogenomic study of birds reveals their evolutionary history. Science 320(5884):1763-1768.
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Joseph W. Brown
University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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- First online 14 December 2005
- Content changed 27 June 2008
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Brown, Joseph W. and John Harshman. 2008. Coraciiformes. Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, Rollers, and relatives. Version 27 June 2008 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Coraciiformes/56738/2008.06.27 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/