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Silktail
 
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Scientific Name:
Lamprolia victoriae
Location(s):
Asia, Global, Melanesia Read more
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IUCN
The population is estimated to number 16,000-28,000 individuals in total, roughly equating to 11,000-19,000 mature individuals (J. S. Kretzschmar in litt. 2000). ...
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Wikipedia
The systematic position of the Silktail has been a long-standing mystery.[ 2] When describing the species Otto Finsch wrote "I scarcely remember a bird which has puzzled me in respect of its generic position so much as this curious little creature".[ 3] It has variously been placed with the birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae), the Australasian robins (Petroicidae) and the fairy-wrens (Maluridae). Since 1980 it has generally been considered to be an ancient and aberrant monarch flycatcher.[ 4] A 2009 molecular study placed the species as a sister to the Pygmy Drongo of the highlands of New Guinea, and the two of these as a sister clade to the fantails (Rhipiduridae).[ 5] ...
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