Abstract

Within Atrichornis the two species A. clamosus and A. rujescens are very similar overall, differing only in characters related to flightlessness, with A. clamosus appearing more volant than A. rujescens. Similarly, the two species within Menura are very similar overall, although M. novaehollandiae may be a stronger flyer than M. alberti. There are many differences between the genera Atrichornis and Menura, but the distribution of these character states across the order Passeriformes remains unstudied. What has been noted is that a suite of characters shared by Menura and Atrichornis, hitherto used to relate the Menurae to the Rhinocryptidae, are also shared by several other genera of birds from a variety of families. We suggest that these characters indicate convergence towards a terrestrial lifestyle and should not be used to indicate phylogenetic proximity.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Rich et al., 1985, Rec. Aust. Mus. 37(3): 165–191
Author
P. V. Rich; Allan R. McEvey; Robert F. Baird
Year
1985
Title
Osteological comparison of the Scrub-birds, Atrichornis, and Lyrebirds, Menura (Passeriformes: Atrichornithidae and Menuridae)
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
37
Issue
3
Start Page
165
End Page
191
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.37.1985.308
Language
English
Date Published
20 November 1985
Cover Date
20 November 1985
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
AVES; OSTEOLOGY
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16 January 2009
Reference Number
308
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