Passerida Photo Albums II

The second of two album pages provide links to galleries that display images of Passerida that belong to order Passeriformes, see Taxonomy note below. A gallery in each photo album features portraits of individual species that may include male, female, juvenile or immature birds, photographed in their natural habitat. Also, for some species, supplementary galleries show behaviours such as hunting, nesting, feeding, and mating.

Basal Passeroidea

Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) Male at Singapore Botanic Gardens

These small bird species inhabit most vegetated areas in tropical regions of the Old-World including forests, mangroves and gardens.

Core Passeroidea

Red Fody (Foudia madagascariensis) Male on ground in the Seychelles

These oscines occupy a variety of habitats including woodland, forest, marshes and gardens. Waxbills are small short-billed oscines while Weavers are small to medium-sized birds that have slender to heavy-set bills.

Violaceous Euphonia (Euphonia violacea rodwayi) Male perched at Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad

These families are small to very-small oscines that generally prefer habitat where small seeds and insects are plentiful, especially in the breeding season.

Yellowhammer (Emberiza citronella) near the Hooker Valley Track in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

Old World buntings, New World sparrows and warblers are small birds. New World blackbirds are medium to medium-large. They populate a wide range of terrestrial habitats.

Purple Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes caeruleus) Female perched at Asa Wright Nature Reserve in Trinidad

Tanagers and cardinals are tiny to very-small oscines that populate a wide range of terrestrial New World habitats. Darwin's Finches are small to large birds found only in the Galapagos Islands.

Passerida Taxonomy

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

The second Passerida photo album contains Basal and Core Passeroidea, the core splits into Estrildid and Passerid clades. The figure shows a simplified taxonomy family tree relevant to Passerida photo albums. As shown in the family tree Corvida is the sister group of Passerida.

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