Cuckoo RollerJohn Harshman
Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships
Cuckoo rollers are traditionally placed within the order Coraciiformes, but molecular analyses show that they are not closely related to other rollers, Coraciidae and Brachypteracidae (Kirchman et al. 2001) and are not coraciiforms (Hackett et al. 2008).
Hackett, S. J., Kimball, R. T., Reddy, S., Bowie, R. C. K., Braun, E. L., Braun, M. J., Chojnowski, J. L., Cox, W. A., Han, K.-L., Harshman, J., Huddleston, C. J., Marks, B. D., Miglia, K. J., Moore, W. A., Sheldon, F. H., Steadman, D. W., Witt, C. C., and Yuri, T. 2008. A phylogenomic study of birds reveals their evolutionary history. Science 320(5884):1763-1768.
Kirchman, J. J., S. J. Hackett, S. M. Goodman, and J. M. Bates. 2001. Phylogeny and systematics of ground rollers (Brachypteracidae) of Madagascar. Auk 118:849-863.
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