Two strange birds are regrouped on avian family tree

The family tree of a strange pipit and an equaly strange wagtail restricted to islands in Indonesia and West Africa have been revealed by genetic methods by a Swedish-Danish research team. The two bird species resemble entirely different bird families than the ones they are actually related to and their unusual evolution has deceived scientists for years. The two birds’ new family tree is now published in Royal Society Open Science with professor Jon Fjeldså and post-doc Knud Jønsson from Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate as co-authors.

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