Shrikebill

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Shrikebills
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Monarchidae
Genus: Clytorhynchus
Elliot, 1870
Diversity
5 species
Synonyms

Pinarolestes Sharpe, 1877

The shrikebills are the monarch flycatcher genus Clytorhynchus. The five species have long laterally compressed bills similar to true shrikes that give them their names. The genus is endemic to the islands of Melanesia and western Polynesia.[1]

The shrikebills are insectivorous, and use their large heavy bills to explore tangles of dead leaves and dead wood; an unusual foraging strategy for their family.[1] Their diet may also include small fruits and lizards.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Extant species[edit]

The genus Clytorhynchus contains the following species:[2]

Former species[edit]

Formerly, some authorities also considered the following species (or subspecies) as species within the genus Clytorhynchus:

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