From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Typical wren-babblers
Spelaeornis caudatus.jpg
Rufous-throated wren-babbler, Spelaeornis caudatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Timaliidae
Genus: Spelaeornis
David & Oustalet, 1877

9, see text

Spelaeornis, the typical wren-babblers, is a bird genus in the family Timaliidae. Among this group, the typical wren-babblers are quite closely related to the type species, the chestnut-capped babbler (Timalia pileata). One species that was earlier placed in the genus, the spotted elachura has been removed to a genus of its own Elachura and placed in a separate family.[1]

It contains the following species:


  1. ^ Alström, Per; Hooper, Daniel M.; Liu, Yang; Olsson, Urban; Mohan, Dhananjai; Gelang, Magnus; Manh, Hung Le; Zhao, Jian; Lei, Fumin; Price\, Trevor D. (2014). "Discovery of a relict lineage and monotypic family of passerine birds". Biol. Lett. 10 (3). doi:10.1098/rsbl.2013.1067. 
  • Collar, N. J. & Robson, C. 2007. Family Timaliidae (Babblers) pp. 70 – 291 in; del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. & Christie, D.A. eds. Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 12. Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.