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Sylviidae

widespread in Old World (3 sp. in New World), small, insectivorous, thin-billed birds, woodlands, grasslands, and marshes, long wings, dull yellows/greens, morphologically diverse, frugivores

Pycnonotidae

Old World tropics, habitats variable, drab, slightly downcurved thin-billed, long-tailed, larger headed and longer tailed than Sylviidae, vent of contrasting color

Aegithalidae

Palearctic, habitats variable, very small with short wings and narrow tails, small short beak, typically forage in groups, very fluffy heads and tiny beaks, huddle in groups to stay warm

Zosteropidae

Old World tropics, forests to shrublands, conspicuous white eye-ring, bill slender pointed slightly decurved, speciose across Pacific Islands, typically nectar eating

Timaliidae

Old World, mainly tropics and subtropics, colors usually earth tones, w/ occasional forays into yellow, red, blue, or green, very large feet, pretty curved beak, tend to be heavy bodied, understory and ground foragers

Certhiidae

Holarctic, forests, convergent w/ neotropical woodcreepers (Furnariidae), bill slender laterally compressed and slightly decurved, tail long graduated and w/ stiff tips, toes long and claws curved, plumage cryptic brown speckled w/ white, climb up tree trunks

Sittidae

mainly Holarctic but a few in Old World tropics, forests and rocky habitats, plumage usually blue or gray above, dark eyeline, bill slender straight, wings long and pointed, tail short and truncate, climb DOWN trees headfirst, generally eat nuts, secondary cavity nesters

Polioptilidae

Neotropical and Nearctic, forests woodlands and desert scrub, long-tailed gray and bluish-gray, gnatcatchers w/ black pattern in cap and black and white tail, very active foragers and flick tail side to side

Troglodytidae

widespread in New World, habitats variable, brownish barred on flanks, wings, and tails, bill slender and curved, usually w/ tail cocked over back, very loud vocalizations, diverse mating systems

Cinclidae

fast-flowing rocky streams, typically at higher elevations, dense plumage w/ down undercoat, bill straight slender and laterally compressed w/ flaps over nostrils, plump and compact body, only true aquatic songbirds, walk along bottom of rivers in search of aquatic invertebrates

Buphagidae

Afrotropical savannas wherever large herbivores are found, gray brown plumage on head and back, bill slightly inflated and either bright red or yellow, eye red surrounded by fleshy wattle, tail stiff for propping itself on large animals

Sturnidae

Old World, bill usually straight or slightly decurved, long, and slender, plumage patterns diverse but often w/ glossy iridescence, generally stocky, accomplished songsters and mimics

Mimidae

New World, forests to desert scrub usually in dense cover, bill strong long and commonly decurved, wings short and rounded, tail long, legs long and strong, tail and beak longer than thrushes