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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Ptilonorhynchidae
Genus: Ailuroedus
Cabanis, 1851

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Ailuroedus is a genus of birds in the Ptilonorhynchidae family (bowerbirds). The common name, catbird, refers to these species' "wailing cat-like calls".[1] Ailuroedus likewise is from the Greek for "cat-singer" or "cat-voiced".[2]

Martin Irestedt and colleagues examined the species in detail morphologically and genetically in a 2016 paper, leading to the recognition of seven new species to take the total from three to ten species.[3]



  1. ^ Rowland, Peter (2008). Bowerbirds. CSIRO Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 0-643-09420-2. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  2. ^ Rowland 2008, p. 31.
  3. ^ Irestedt, Martin; Batalha-Filho, Henrique; Roselaar, Cees S.; Christidis, Les; Ericson, Per G. P. "Contrasting phylogeographic signatures in two Australo-Papuan bowerbird species complexes (Aves: Ailuroedus)". Zoologica Scripta. doi:10.1111/zsc.12163.