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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Infraordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Muscicapoidea

Familia: Muscicapidae
Genus: Melaenornis
Species: M. annamarulaeM. ardesiacusM. brunneus – M. chocolatinus – M. edolioides – M. fischeri – M. infuscatus – M. mariquensis – M. microrhynchus – M. pallidus – M. pammelaina – M. silens

Melaenornis G. R. Gray, 1840

Bradornis A. Smith, 1874
Dioptrornis Fischer & Reichenow, 1884
Sigelus Cabanis, 1850


Gray, G.R. 1840. A list of the genera of birds, with an indication of the typical species of each genus, compiled from various sources. 80 pp. Richard and John Taylor (London). BHL DOI: 10.5962/bhl.title.13777 Reference page. : 35

Vernacular names
suomi: Savannisiepot

Melaenornis is a genus of small passerine birds in the large family Muscicapidae commonly known as the Old World flycatchers. They are restricted to sub-Saharan Africa.

The genus contains the following species:[1]

Angolan slaty flycatcher, Melaenornis brunneus
White-eyed slaty flycatcher, Melaenornis fischeri
Abyssinian slaty flycatcher, Melaenornis chocolatinus
Nimba flycatcher, Melaenornis annamarulae
Yellow-eyed black flycatcher, Melaenornis ardesiacus
Northern black flycatcher, Melaenornis edolioides
Southern black flycatcher, Melaenornis pammelaina
Pale flycatcher, Melaenornis pallidus (previously in the genus Bradornis; sometimes placed in Agricola)
Chat flycatcher, Melaenornis infuscatus (previously in the genus Bradornis; sometimes placed in Agricola)
African grey flycatcher, Melaenornis microrhynchus (previously in the genus Bradornis)
Marico flycatcher, Melaenornis mariquensis (previously in the genus Bradornis)
Fiscal flycatcher, Melaenornis silens (previously in the genus Sigelus)

This genus formerly included fewer species. The results of a molecular phylogenetic study published in 2010 led to a reorganization of the Old World flycatchers family in which the four species in Bradornis and the single species in Sigelus were merged into Melaenornis.[1][2]

Gill, Frank; Donsker, David (eds.). "Chats, Old World flycatchers". World Bird List Version 6.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 20 May 2016.

Sangster, G.; Alström, P.; Forsmark, E.; Olsson, U. (2010). "Multi-locus phylogenetic analysis of Old World chats and flycatchers reveals extensive paraphyly at family, subfamily and genus level (Aves: Muscicapidae)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 57 (1): 380–392. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2010.07.008. PMID 20656044.

Further reading
Del Hoyo, J.; Elliot, A. & Christie D. (editors). (2006). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 11: Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers. Lynx Edicions. ISBN 84-96553-06-X.
"Melaenornis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.

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