Tetraogallus caspius

Sibley-Monroe checklist 1

The Sibley-Monroe checklist was a landmark document in the study of birds conducted by Charles Sibley and Burt Monroe. It drew on extensive DNA-DNA hybridisation studies to reassess the relationships between modern birds.

The Sibley-Monroe assignment of individual species to families, and of families to orders remains controversial however. Critics maintain that while it marks a great leap forward so far as the evidence from DNA-DNA hybridisation goes, it pays insufficient attention to other forms of evidence, both molecular and on a larger scale. There is no true consensus but the broad middle-ground position is that the Sibley-Monroe classification, overall, is "about 80% correct". The key question, of course, is which 80%? Research and debate continue.

There are 9994 species on the checklist, and this page continues in several parts, which are linked to below.

Struthioniformes

Struthionidae

Rheidae

Casuariidae

Apterygidae

Tinamiformes

Tinamidae

Craciformes

Cracidae

Megapodiidae

Galliformes

Phasianidae

Numididae

Odontophoridae

Continued at: Sibley-Monroe checklist 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

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