Bristlehead (Pityriaseidae)

Bristlehead (Pityriasis gymnocephala) - HBW 14, p. 348

French: Barite chauve German: Warzenkopf Spanish: Gimnocéfalo
Other common names: Bornean Bristlehead, Bald-headed Wood-shrike/Crow, Bristled Shrike/Starling

Taxonomy: Barita gymnocephala Temminck, 1836, Borneo.
Relationships uncertain. Has in the past been considered closely related variously to shrikes (Laniidae), starlings (Sturnidae), helmet-shrikes (Prionopidae), vangas (Vangidae), butcherbirds (Cracticidae), babblers (Timaliidae) and wood-shrikes (Tephrodornis). DNA analysis indicated close affiliation with cracticid genera Cracticus, Gymnorhina and Strepera; more recent DNA-sequencing studies, however, suggest that present species belongs to a diverse group of shrike-like birds which includes vangas, bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae), helmet-shrikes, wood-shrikes, philen.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Barita gymnocephala Temminck, 1836, Borneo.
Relationships uncertain. Has in the past been considered closely related variously to shrikes (Laniidae), starlings (Sturnidae), helmet-shrikes (Prionopidae), vangas (Vangidae), butcherbirds (Cracticidae), babblers (Timaliidae) and wood-shrikes (Tephrodornis). DNA analysis indicated close affiliation with cracticid genera Cracticus, Gymnorhina and Strepera; more recent DNA-sequencing studies, however, suggest that present species belongs to a diverse group of shrike-like birds which includes vangas, bush-shrikes (Malaconotidae), helmet-shrikes, wood-shrikes, philentomas (Philentoma), wattle-eyes (Platysteira), ioras (Aegithina) and assorted other genera, this group being sister to the cracticids and the woodswallows (Artamidae). Monotypic.

Distribution: Borneo.

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