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There are a number of Passeriformes (perching birds) called "warblers". They are not particularly closely related, but share some characteristics, such as being fairly small, vocal and insectivorous.

They are mostly brownish or dull greenish in color. They tend to be more easily heard than seen. Identification can be difficult and may be made on the basis of song alone. To English-speaking Europeans, warblers are the archetypal "LBJs" (little brown jobs).

Sylvioid "warblers"

These are somewhat more closely related to each other than to other "warblers". They belong to a superfamily also containing Old World babblers, bulbuls, etc.

Passeroid "warblers"

The two families of American "warblers" are part of another superfamily, which unites them with sparrows, buntings, finches, etc.

Other

These are closely related to the titmice and chickadees

These are the most distinct group of "warblers". They are not closely related at all to the others, but rather to the honeyeaters and fairy-wrens.

References

  1. ^ Wilson, Eisner, Briggs, Dickerson, Metzenberg, O'Brien, Susman, & Boggs. Life on Earth, Chapter: Biogeography, Graphic: Hawaiian Honeycreepers, p. 857.
  • Wilson, Eisner, Briggs, Dickerson, Metzenberg, O'Brien, Susman, & Boggs. Life on Earth, Edward O. Wilson, Thomas Eisner, Winslow R. Briggs, Richard E. Dickerson, Robert L. Metzenberg, Richard D. O'Brien, Millard Susman, William E. Boggs, c 1973, Sinauer Associates, Inc., Publisher, Stamford, Connecticut. (hardcover, ISBN 0-87893-934-2)

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