The Sibley-Monroe checklist was a landmark document in the study and classification of birds. It drew on extensive DNA-DNA hybridization 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 continues. There are 9993 species on the checklist, and this page continues in several parts, which are linked to below.

Part 01 - Struthionidae (Struthioniformes) to Odontophoridae (Galliformes)



Struthio camelus   Ostrich


Rhea americana   Greater Rhea
Rhea pennata   Lesser Rhea


Casuarius casuarius  Southern Cassowary
Casuarius bennetti   Dwarf Cassowary
Casuarius unappendiculatus   Northern Cassowary
Dromaius novaehollandiae   Emu


Apteryx australis   Brown Kiwi
Apteryx owenii   Little Spotted Kiwi
Apteryx haastii   Great Spotted Kiwi



Tinamus tao   Grey Tinamou
Tinamus solitarius   Solitary Tinamou
Tinamus osgoodi   Black Tinamou
Tinamus major   Great Tinamou
Tinamus guttatus   White-throated Tinamou
Nothocercus bonapartei   Highland Tinamou
Nothocercus julius   Tawny-breasted Tinamou
Nothocercus nigrocapillus   Hooded Tinamou
Crypturellus berlepschi   Berlepsch's Tinamou
Crypturellus cinereus   Cinereous Tinamou
Crypturellus soui   Little Tinamou
Crypturellus ptaritepui   Tepui Tinamou
Crypturellus obsoletus   Brown Tinamou
Crypturellus cinnamomeus   Thicket Tinamou
Crypturellus undulatus   Undulated Tinamou
Crypturellus transfasciatus   Pale-browed Tinamou
Crypturellus strigulosus   Brazilian Tinamou
Crypturellus boucardi   Slaty-breasted Tinamou
Crypturellus kerriae   Choco Tinamou
Crypturellus erythropus   Red-legged Tinamou
Crypturellus duidae   Grey-legged Tinamou
Crypturellus noctivagus   Yellow-legged Tinamou
Crypturellus atrocapillus   Black-capped Tinamou
Crypturellus variegatus   Variegated Tinamou
Crypturellus brevirostris   Rusty Tinamou
Crypturellus bartletti   Bartlett's Tinamou
Crypturellus parvirostris   Small-billed Tinamou
Crypturellus casiquiare   Barred Tinamou
Crypturellus tataupa   Tataupa Tinamou
Rhynchotus rufescens   Red-winged Tinamou
Nothoprocta taczanowskii   Taczanowski's Tinamou
Nothoprocta kalinowskii   Kalinowski's Tinamou
Nothoprocta ornata   Ornate Tinamou
Nothoprocta pentlandii   Andean Tinamou
Nothoprocta cinerascens   Brushland Tinamou
Nothoprocta perdicaria   Chilean Tinamou
Nothoprocta curvirostris   Curve-billed Tinamou
Nothura darwinii   Darwin's Nothura
Nothura chacoensis   Chaco Nothura
Nothura maculosa   Spotted Nothura
Nothura minor   Lesser Nothura
Nothura boraquira   White-bellied Nothura
Taoniscus nanus   Dwarf Tinamou
Eudromia elegans   Elegant Crested Tinamou
Eudromia formosa   Quebracho Crested Tinamou
Tinamotis pentlandii   Puna Tinamou
Tinamotis ingoufi   Patagonian Tinamou



Ortalis vetula   Plain Chachalaca
Ortalis cinereiceps   Grey-headed Chachalaca
Ortalis garrula   Chestnut-winged Chachalaca
Ortalis ruficauda   Rufous-vented Chachalaca
Ortalis erythroptera   Rufous-headed Chachalaca
Ortalis wagleri   Rufous-bellied Chachalaca
Ortalis poliocephala   West Mexican Chachalaca
Ortalis canicollis   Chaco Chachalaca
Ortalis leucogastra   White-bellied Chachalaca
Ortalis guttata   Speckled Chachalaca
Ortalis motmot   Little Chachalaca
Ortalis superciliaris   Buff-browed Chachalaca
Penelope argyrotis   Band-tailed Guan
Penelope barbata   Bearded Guan
Penelope ortoni   Baudo Guan
Penelope montagnii   Andean Guan
Penelope marail   Marail Guan
Penelope superciliaris   Rusty-margined Guan
Penelope dabbenei   Red-faced Guan
Penelope purpurascens   Crested Guan
Penelope perspicax   Cauca Guan
Penelope albipennis   White-winged Guan
Penelope jacquacu   Spix's Guan
Penelope obscura   Dusky-legged Guan
Penelope pileata   White-crested Guan
Penelope ochrogaster   Chestnut-bellied Guan
Penelope jacucaca   White-browed Guan
Pipile pipile   Trinidad Piping Guan
Pipile cumanensis   Blue-throated Piping Guan
Pipile cujubi   Red-throated Piping Guan
Pipile jacutinga   Black-fronted Piping Guan
Aburria aburri   Wattled Guan
Chamaepetes unicolor   Black Guan
Chamaepetes goudotii   Sickle-winged Guan
Penelopina nigra   Highland Guan
Oreophasis derbianus   Horned Guan
Nothocrax urumutum   Nocturnal Curassow
Mitu tomentosa   Crestless Curassow
Mitu salvini   Salvin's Curassow
Mitu tuberosa   Razor-billed Curassow
Mitu mitu   Alagoas Curassow
Pauxi pauxi   Helmeted Curassow
Pauxi unicornis   Horned Curassow
Crax rubra   Great Curassow
Crax alberti   Blue-knobbed Curassow
Crax daubentoni   Yellow-knobbed Curassow
Crax alector   Black Curassow
Crax globulosa   Wattled Curassow
Crax fasciolata   Bare-faced Curassow
Crax blumenbachii   Red-billed Curassow


Alectura lathami   Australian Brush-turkey
Aepypodius arfakianus   Wattled Brush-turkey
Aepypodius bruijnii   Bruijn's Brush-turkey
Talegalla cuvieri   Red-billed Brush-turkey
Talegalla fuscirostris   Black-billed Brush-turkey
Talegalla jobiensis   Brown-collared Brush-turkey
Macrocephalon maleo   Maleo
Megapodius nicobariensis   Nicobar Scrubfowl
Megapodius cumingii   Tabon Scrubfowl
Megapodius bernsteinii   Sula Scrubfowl
Megapodius reinwardt   Orange-footed Scrubfowl
Megapodius freycinet   Dusky Scrubfowl
Megapodius affinis   New Guinea Scrubfowl
Megapodius eremita   Melanesian Scrubfowl
Megapodius layardi   Vanuatu Scrubfowl
Megapodius laperouse   Micronesian Scrubfowl
Megapodius pritchardii   Niaufoou Scrubfowl
Megapodius wallacei   Moluccan Scrubfowl
Leipoa ocellata   Malleefowl



Lerwa lerwa   Snow Partridge
Ammoperdix griseogularis   See-see Partridge
Ammoperdix heyi   Sand Partridge
Tetraogallus caucasicus   Caucasian Snowcock
Tetraogallus caspius   Caspian Snowcock
Tetraogallus tibetanus   Tibetan Snowcock
Tetraogallus altaicus   Altai Snowcock
Tetraogallus himalayensis   Himalayan Snowcock
Tetraophasis obscurus   Chestnut-throated Partridge
Tetraophasis szechenyii   Buff-throated Partridge
Alectoris graeca   Rock Partridge
Alectoris chukar   Chukar
Alectoris philbyi   Philby's Partridge
Alectoris magna   Rusty-necklaced Partridge
Alectoris barbara   Barbary Partridge
Alectoris rufa   Red-legged Partridge
Alectoris melanocephala   Arabian Partridge
Francolinus francolinus   Black Francolin
Francolinus pictus   Painted Francolin
Francolinus pintadeanus   Chinese Francolin
Francolinus pondicerianus   Grey Francolin
Francolinus gularis   Swamp Francolin
Francolinus coqui   Coqui Francolin
Francolinus albogularis   White-throated Francolin
Francolinus schlegelii   Schlegel's Francolin
Francolinus lathami   Forest Francolin
Francolinus sephaena   Crested Francolin
Francolinus streptophorus   Ring-necked Francolin
Francolinus finschi   Finsch's Francolin
Francolinus africanus   Grey-winged Francolin
Francolinus levaillantii   Red-winged Francolin
Francolinus psilolaemus   Moorland Francolin
Francolinus shelleyi   Shelley's Francolin
Francolinus levaillantoides   OrangeRiver Francolin
Francolinus nahani   Nahan's Francolin
Francolinus hartlaubi   Hartlaub's Francolin
Francolinus bicalcaratus   Double-spurred Francolin
Francolinus clappertoni   Clapperton's Francolin
Francolinus icterorhynchus   Heuglin's Francolin
Francolinus harwoodi   Harwood's Francolin
Francolinus adspersus   Red-billed Francolin
Francolinus capensis   Cape Francolin
Francolinus hildebrandti   Hildebrandt's Francolin
Francolinus natalensis   Natal Francolin
Francolinus ahantensis   Ahanta Francolin
Francolinus squamatus   Scaly Francolin
Francolinus griseostriatus   Grey-striped Francolin
Francolinus leucoscepus   Yellow-necked Spurfowl
Francolinus rufopictus   Grey-breasted Spurfowl
Francolinus afer   Red-necked Spurfowl
Francolinus swainsonii   Swainson's Spurfowl
Francolinus erckelii   Erckel's Francolin
Francolinus ochropectus   Ochre-breasted Francolin
Francolinus castaneicollis   Chestnut-naped Francolin
Francolinus nobilis   Handsome Francolin
Francolinus jacksoni   Jackson's Francolin
Francolinus camerunensis   Cameroon Francolin
Francolinus swierstrai   Swierstra's Francolin
Perdix perdix   Grey Partridge
Perdix dauurica   Daurian Partridge
Perdix hodgsoniae   Tibetan Partridge
Rhizothera longirostris   Long-billed Partridge
Margaroperdix madagarensis   Madagascar Partridge
Melanoperdix nigra   Black Partridge
Coturnix coturnix   Common Quail
Coturnix japonica   Japanese Quail
Coturnix pectoralis   Stubble Quail
Coturnix novaezelandiae   New Zealand Quail
Coturnix coromandelica   Rain Quail
Coturnix delegorguei   Harlequin Quail
Coturnix ypsilophora   Brown Quail
Coturnix adansonii   Blue Quail
Coturnix chinensis   Blue-breasted Quail
Anurophasis monorthonyx   Snow Mountain Quail
Perdicula asiatica   Jungle Bush Quail
Perdicula argoondah   Rock Bush Quail
Perdicula erythrorhyncha   Painted Bush Quail
Perdicula manipurensis   Manipur Bush Quail
Arborophila torqueola   Hill Partridge
Arborophila rufogularis   Rufous-throated Partridge
Arborophila atrogularis   White-cheeked Partridge
Arborophila crudigularis   Taiwan Partridge
Arborophila mandellii   Chestnut-breasted Partridge
Arborophila brunneopectus   Bar-backed Partridge
Arborophila rufipectus   Sichuan Partridge
Arborophila orientalis   Grey-breasted Partridge
Arborophila javanica   Chestnut-bellied Partridge
Arborophila hyperythra   Red-breasted Partridge
Arborophila gingica   White-necklaced Partridge
Arborophila davidi   Orange-necked Partridge
Arborophila cambodiana   Chestnut-headed Partridge
Arborophila rubrirostris   Red-billed Partridge
Arborophila ardens   Hainan Partridge
Arborophila chloropus   Scaly-breasted Partridge
Arborophila merlini   Annam Partridge
Arborophila charltonii   Chestnut-necklaced Partridge
Caloperdix oculea   Ferruginous Partridge
Haematortyx sanguiniceps   Crimson-headed Partridge
Rollulus rouloul   Crested Partridge
Ptilopachus petrosus   Stone Partridge
Bambusicola fytchii   Mountain Bamboo Partridge
Bambusicola thoracica   Chinese Bamboo Partridge
Galloperdix spadicea   Red Spurfowl
Galloperdix lunulata   Painted Spurfowl
Galloperdix bicalcarata   Ceylon Spurfowl
Ophrysia superciliosa   Himalayan Quail
Ithaginis cruentus   Blood Pheasant
Tragopan melanocephalus   Western Tragopan
Tragopan satyra   Satyr Tragopan
Tragopan blythii   Blyth's Tragopan
Tragopan temminckii   Temminck's Tragopan
Tragopan caboti   Cabot's Tragopan
Pucrasia macrolopha   Koklass Pheasant
Lophophorus impejanus   Himalayan Monal
Lophophorus sclateri   Sclater's Monal
Lophophorus lhuysii   Chinese Monal
Gallus gallus   Red Junglefowl
Gallus sonneratii   Grey Junglefowl
Gallus lafayetii   Ceylon Junglefowl
Gallus varius   Green Junglefowl
Lophura leucomelanos   Kalij Pheasant
Lophura nycthemera   Silver Pheasant
Lophura imperialis   Imperial Pheasant
Lophura edwardsi   Edwards's Pheasant
Lophura hatinhensis   Vietnam Fireback Pheasant
Lophura swinhoii   Swinhoe's Pheasant
Lophura hoogerwerfi   Sumatran Pheasant
Lophura inornata   Salvadori's Pheasant
Lophura erythrophthalma   Crestless Fireback Pheasant
Lophura ignita   Crested Fireback Pheasant
Lophura diardi   Siamese Fireback Pheasant
Lophura bulweri   Bulwer's Pheasant
Crossoptilon harmani   Tibetan Eared Pheasant
Crossoptilon crossoptilon   White Eared Pheasant
Crossoptilon mantchuricum   Brown Eared Pheasant
Crossoptilon auritum   Blue Eared Pheasant
Catreus wallichii   Cheer Pheasant
Syrmaticus ellioti   Elliot's Pheasant
Syrmaticus humiae   Hume's Pheasant
Syrmaticus mikado   Mikado Pheasant
Syrmaticus soemmerringii   Copper Pheasant
Syrmaticus reevesii   Reeves's Pheasant
Phasianus colchicus   Common Pheasant
Chrysolophus pictus   Golden Pheasant
Chrysolophus amherstiae   Lady Amherst's Pheasant
Polyplectron chalcurum   Bronze-tailed Peacock Pheasant
Polyplectron inopinatum   Mountain Peacock Pheasant
Polyplectron germaini   Germain's Peacock Pheasant
Polyplectron bicalcaratum   Grey Peacock Pheasant
Polyplectron malacense   Malayan Peacock Pheasant
Polyplectron schleiermacheri   Bornean Peacock Pheasant
Polyplectron emphanum   Palawan Peacock Pheasant
Rheinardia ocellata   Crested Argus
Argusianus argus   Great Argus
Afropavo congensis   Congo Peafowl
Pavo cristatus   Indian Peafowl
Pavo muticus   Green Peafowl
Dendragapus falcipennis   Siberian Grouse
Dendragapus canadensis   Spruce Grouse
Dendragapus obscurus   Blue Grouse
Lagopus lagopus   Willow Ptarmigan
Lagopus mutus   Rock Ptarmigan
Lagopus leucurus   White-tailed Ptarmigan
Tetrao tetrix   Black Grouse
Tetrao mlokosiewiczi   Caucasian Grouse
Tetrao urogallus   Western Capercaillie
Tetrao parvirostris   Black-billed Capercaillie
Bonasa bonasia   Hazel Grouse
Bonasa sewerzowi   Chinese Grouse
Bonasa umbellus   Ruffed Grouse
Centrocercus urophasianus   Sage Grouse
Tympanuchus phasianellus   Sharp-tailed Grouse
Tympanuchus cupido   Greater Prairie Chicken
Tympanuchus pallidicinctus   Lesser Prairie Chicken
Meleagris gallopavo   Wild Turkey
Agriocharis ocellata   Ocellated Turkey


Agelastes meleagrides   White-breasted Guineafowl
Agelastes niger   Black Guineafowl
Numida meleagris   Helmeted Guineafowl
Guttera plumifera   Plumed Guineafowl
Guttera pucherani   Crested Guineafowl
Acryllium vulturinum   Vulturine Guineafowl


Dendrortyx barbatus   Bearded Wood Partridge
Dendrortyx macroura   Long-tailed Wood Partridge
Dendrortyx leucophrys   Buffy-crowned Wood Partridge
Oreortyx pictus   Mountain Quail
Callipepla squamata   Scaled Quail
Callipepla douglasii   Elegant Quail
Callipepla californica   California Quail
Callipepla gambelii   Gambel's Quail
Philortyx fasciatus   Banded Quail
Colinus virginianus   Northern Bobwhite
Colinus nigrogularis   Black-throated Bobwhite
Colinus cristatus   Crested Bobwhite
Odontophorus gujanensis   Marbled Wood Quail
Odontophorus capueira   Spot-winged Wood Quail
Odontophorus melanotis   Black-eared Wood Quail
Odontophorus erythrops   Rufous-fronted Wood Quail
Odontophorus atrifrons   Black-fronted Wood Quail
Odontophorus hyperythrus   Chestnut Wood Quail
Odontophorus melanonotus   Dark-backed Wood Quail
Odontophorus speciosus   Rufous-breasted Wood Quail
Odontophorus dialeucos   Tacarcuna Wood Quail
Odontophorus strophium   Gorgeted Wood Quail
Odontophorus columbianus   Venezuelan Wood Quail
Odontophorus leucolaemus   Black-breasted Wood Quail
Odontophorus balliviani   Stripe-faced Wood Quail
Odontophorus stellatus   Starred Wood Quail
Odontophorus guttatus   Spotted Wood Quail
Dactylortyx thoracicus   Singing Quail
Cyrtonyx montezumae   Montezuma Quail
Cyrtonyx ocellatus   Ocellated Quail
Rhynchortyx cinctus   Tawny-faced Quail

Next page: Sibley-Monroe checklist Part 2

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