Leiothrix (bird)

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Silver-eared mesia
Leiothrix argentauris
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Leiothrichidae
Genus: Leiothrix
Swainson, 1832

Leiothrix argentauris
Leiothrix lutea

Leiothrix is a genus in the Leiothrichidae family. They belong to a clade also containing at least the liocichlas, barwings, minlas and sibias. The sibias are possibly their closest living relatives.

There are two species:

Their delicate colors and accomplished song make them popular cagebirds.


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