Passerida Photo Albums I

The first of two album pages provide links to galleries that display images of Passerida placed in Passeriformes, see Taxonomy note below. I photographed these birds in various natural habitats. In each photo album, one or more galleries feature portraits of individual species that may include male, female, juvenile or immature birds. For some species, supplementary galleries display behaviours such as hunting, nesting, feeding, and mating.

Basal Passerida and Paroidea

Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) perched at Booderee National Park in Jervis Bay Territory

Australasian Robins (Basal Passerida) and Northern Hemisphere Tits (Paroidea) are little birds that come in many colours and occupy forest and woodland habitat.


Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps cineraceus) female perched mangrove swamp at Pasir Ris Park in Singapore

Cisticolas, grassbirds, reed-warblers and larks families feature in the album. These are small birds found in a variety of habitats including woods and wetlands.

Straw-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus zeylanicus) perched at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in Singapore

Featured families include swallows, martins, and leaf-warblers. These are small to medium-sized birds found a wide range of habitat.

White-chested Babbler (Trichastoma rostratum) perched at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Singapore

The babbler, white-eye and laughingthrush families are small to medium-sized birds. Habitat includes woods, scrub and sometimes cultivated areas.

Muscicapoidea and Allies

Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei) in the snow at Yateley, Hants, England

These three families are small to medium-sized birds. Thrushes and starlings have a wide range of habitat while mockingbirds prefer open scrubby areas in arid areas.

Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica) perched at Central Catchment Reserve in Singapore

Flycatchers and chats are mainly arboreal Passeri that forage amongst trees and bushes. Nuthatches occupy forest and wooded areas while wrens live in most terrestrial habitats.

Passerida Taxonomy

To help the presentation of my Passeriformes photo album collections, I adopt the high-level Passerida taxonomy given in J Boyd’s Taxonomy in Flux Checklist. This approach involves moving some families to the basal/core groups and others to new and extant superfamilies.

The figure shows a simplified taxonomy family tree relevant to the Passerida photo albums. As shown in the family tree Corvida is the sister group of Passerida.

The first Passerida photo album contains Basal Passerida that comprises several groups that branch off Passeri before the Passerida together with the following core superfamilies:
(a) Paroidea,
(b) Sylvioidea, includes families moved from Passeroidea together with many existing families from the Sibley and Monroe checklist,
(c) Muscicapoidea and Allies (such as Certhioidea).

Note that Sibley and Ahlquist Taxonomy divides Passerida into three superfamilies: Sylvioidea, Muscicapoidea, and Passeroidea.