Sibley–Monroe checklist

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The Sibley-Monroe checklist is a list of bird species based on a study conducted by Charles Sibley and Burt Monroe. It drew on extensive DNA-DNA hybridisation studies to reassess the relationships between modern birds. It was considered a landmark in ornithology on its release.[1] The Sibley-Monroe assignment of individual species to families, and of families to orders remains controversial. Critics[who?] maintain that while it marks a great leap forward so far as the evidence from DNA-DNA hybridisation goes, it pays insufficient attention to other forms of evidence, both molecular and on a larger scale. There is no true consensus, but the broad middle-ground position is that the Sibley-Monroe classification, overall, is "about 80% correct".[citation needed] Research and debate concerning bird classification continue. There are 9994 species on the checklist.[2]

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  1. ^ " Sibley-Monroe Checklist Part 1". Archived from the original on 3 March 2019. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  2. ^ Monroe, Burt (1993). A world checklist of birds. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-07083-5. OCLC 611551988.