Attila (genus)

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CAPITAO-DE-SAIRA ( Attila rufus ).jpg
Grey-hooded attila
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tyrannidae
Genus: Attila
Lesson, 1831

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Attila is a genus of tropical passerine birds, the attilas. They belong to the tyrant flycatcher family. The species in this genus have large heads and hooked bills; they are markedly predatory and aggressive for their size – hence the scientific and common names, which refer to Attila the Hun.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Extant species[edit]

The genus contains seven species:[1]

Former species[edit]

Some authorities, either presently or formerly, recognize additional species as belonging to the genus Attila including:


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  1. ^ "Tyrant flycatchers « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  2. ^ "Bleda syndactylus nandensis - Avibase". Retrieved 2017-05-07.