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Magpie-Lark male kobble aug06.jpg
Male magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Monarchidae
Genus: Grallina
Vieillot, 1816
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Grallina is a genus of passerine bird native to Australia and New Guinea. It is a member of a group of birds termed monarch flycatchers. This group is considered either as a subfamily Monarchinae, together with the fantails as part of the drongo family Dicruridae,[1] or as a family Monarchidae in its own right.[2] More broadly, they belong to the Corvida parvorder comprising many tropical and Australian passerines including pardalotes, fairy-wrens and honeyeaters as well as crows.[3]

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]


Two species are recognized:[4]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Male magpie lark in suburban garden.jpg Grallina cyanoleuca Magpie-lark Australia, Timor and southern New Guinea
Grallina bruijni Torrent-lark New Guinea


  1. ^ Christidis L, Boles WE (1994). The Taxonomy and Species of Birds of Australia and its Territories. Melbourne: RAOU.
  2. ^ Christidis L, Boles WE (2008). Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds. Canberra: CSIRO Publishing. p. 174. ISBN 978-0-643-06511-6.
  3. ^ Sibley, Charles Gald & Ahlquist, Jon Edward (1990): Phylogeny and classification of birds. Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn.
  4. ^ "IOC World Bird List 6.4". IOC World Bird List Datasets. doi:10.14344/