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Acanthisittidae

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Acanthisittidae
Xenicus lyalli
 
Xenicus lyalli
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
 
Phylum: Chordata
 
Class: Aves
 
Order: Passeriformes
 
Family: Acanthisittidae
 
Genera
  • Acanthisitta
  • Xenicus
  • Pachyplichas
  • Dendroscansor

The New Zealand "wrens", family Acanthisittidae, are tiny passerines restricted to New Zealand.

They are understood to form a distinct lineage within the passerines, but authorities differ on their assignment to the oscines or suboscines (the two suborders that between them make up the passeriformes). DNA-DNA hybridisation studies suggest that they may, in fact, form a third suborder and have no living close relatives at all. They are called "wrens" due to their similar appearance and behavior, but are not related to true wrens.

Species

  • Titipounamu or Rifleman, Acanthisitta chloris
    Bush Wren, Xenicus longipes (possibly extinct)
    Piwauwau or New Zealand Rock Wren, Xenicus gilviventris
    Stephens Island Wren, Xenicus lyalli (extinct)
    North Island Stout-legged Wren, Pachyplichas yaldwyni (extinct in prehistoric times)
    South Island Stout-legged Wren, Pachyplichas jagmi (extinct in prehistoric times)
    Long-legged Wren, Dendroscansor decurvirostris (extinct in prehistoric times)

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