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Superphylum: Deuterostomia
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Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
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Divisio: Archosauria
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Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauriformes
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Parvclassis: Neornithes
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Ordo: Passeriformes
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Parvordo: Corvida
Superfamilia: Corvoidea

Familia: Monarchidae
Genus: Trochocercus
Species: T. cyanomelas - T. nitens

Trochocercus Cabanis, 1850
Museum Heineanum 1 p. 58

Trochocercus is a genus of bird in the family Monarchidae. Described by Jean Cabanis in 1850, the name Trochocercus is a combination of the Greek words trokhos meaning "circular" or "round" and kerkos, meaning "tail".[1]

Taxonomy and systematics
Extant species

After three former species were transferred to the genus Elminia in 2009, the genus Trochocercus now contains the following two remaining species:[2]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
African Crested-Flycatcher (Trochocercus cyanomelas).jpg Trochocercus cyanomelas Blue-mantled crested flycatcher south-eastern Africa
Trochocercus nitens Blue-headed crested flycatcher African tropical rainforest

Former species

Formerly, some authorities also considered the following species (or subspecies) as species within the genus Trochocercus:

Bedford's paradise flycatcher (as Trochocercus bedfordi)[3]
Dusky crested flycatcher (as Trochocercus nigromitratus)[4]
White-bellied crested flycatcher (as Trochocercus albiventris)[5]
White-tailed crested flycatcher (as Trochocercus albicaudatus or Trochocercus albonotata)[6]


Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Names. London, UK: Christopher Helm. p. 391. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
"Taxonomy Version 2 Ā« IOC World Bird List". www.worldbirdnames.org. Retrieved 2016-10-23.
"Terpsiphone bedfordi - Avibase". avibase.bsc-eoc.org. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
"Elminia nigromitrata - Avibase". avibase.bsc-eoc.org. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
"Elminia albiventris - Avibase". avibase.bsc-eoc.org. Retrieved 2017-01-07.
"Elminia albonotata - Avibase". avibase.bsc-eoc.org. Retrieved 2017-01-07.

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