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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Philepittidae
Sharpe, 1870
  • Philepitta
  • Neodrepanis

The asities are a family of small suboscine passerine bird species found in Madagascar. They were thought to have been related to the pittas, hence the scientific name, but a study by Prum (1993) suggested that they are actually just a subfamily of broadbills. Here they are considered traditionally as a separate family.

These are plump strong-legged birds of the Malagasy forests which take fruit and insects and nest in trees or scrub. The Neodrepanis species sunbird-asities will take nectar, and were formerly known as false sunbirds.

  • Family: Philepittidae
    • Velvet Asity, Philepitta castanea
      Schlegel's Asity, Philepitta schlegeli
      Common Sunbird-asity, Neodrepanis coruscans
      Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity, Neodrepanis hypoxanthus


Prum, R. 0. 1993. Phylogeny, biogeography, and evolution of the broadbills (Eurylaimidae) and asities (Philepittidae) based on morphology. Auk 110:304-324.

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