Corvida Photo Albums

This album page provides links to galleries that display images of Corvida (Corvids and relatives) that belong to order Passeriformes that I photographed in various habitats, see Taxonomy note below. In each photo album, a gallery displays portraits of individual species that may include male, female, juvenile or immature birds. For some species, a supplementary gallery features behaviour such as hunting, nesting, feeding, and mating.


Forest Raven (Corvus tasmanicus) near Loch Ard Gorge on Great Ocean Road in Victoria

Terrestrial almost cosmopolitan crows form the core corvid group. Monarchs are small to medium-sized oscines that inhabit woodland and forest while Shrikes are slender-bodied birds often seen in open or bushy habitat.

Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa) at Little Gravelly Beach Tack in Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

Drongos are medium-sized forest and woodland passerines with forked tails; Fantails are forest birds that have small-bodies and long tails; Birds-of-paradise are small to large rainforest passerines.

Orioloidea and Mohouoidae

Malaconotoidea and Campephagoidae

Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti flaviventris) Male at Cattana Wetlands in tropical Queensland

Old World orioles and whistlers are a medium-sized forest and woodland birds. Mohouas include three small-sized species that mainly inhabit New Zealand's native forest.

Black Butcherbird (Melloria quoyi rufescens) feeding on spiders at Mission Beach in Queensland's wet tropics

Small to medium-sized birds include butcherbirds that have varied habitats, including urban areas and cuckooshrikes that exploit most forest type habitats. Ioras are very-small passerines found in woods, parks, and gardens.

Corvida Taxonomy

To help the presentation of my photo album collections, I adopt the Corvida taxonomy in J Boyd’s Taxonomy in Flux Checklist that moves some families from Corvoidea to new superfamilies in the Corvida group.

The simplified family tree depicts the taxonomy relevant to the Corvida photo album, which includes:
(a) Crows (Corvidae), Monarchs (Monarchidae) and Shrikes (Laniidae) placed in Corvoidea.
(b) Old World Orioles (Oriolidae) and Whistlers (Pachycephalidae) placed in Orioloidea.
(c) Mohouas (Mohouidae) now placed in Mohouoidae. Previously Taxonomists have put them in many different families, but usually with the Whistlers (Pachycephalidae).
(d) Butcherbirds (Artamidae) and Iora (Aegithinidae) now placed in Malaconotoidea.
(e) And Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae) in Campephagoidea.

Some authorities lump all the above families in superfamily Corvoidea.