Table 1

Provisional list of avian families with structurally coloured violet, blue or green skin, ramphotheca or podotheca

OrderFamilySpecies
CasuariiformesCasuariidae* Dromaius, Casuarius
AnseriformesAnatidae*Anas, Oxyura, Aythya, Dendrocygna
GalliformesMegapodidae Aepypodius arfakianus, Alectrura lathami purpureicollis
Cracidae* Chaemapetes, Aburria, Penelope, Pauxi, Crax
Numididae* Numida, Guttera
Phasianidae*Tragopan, Lophura, Lophophorus, Ithaginis, Argusianus, Pavo, Gallus, Meleagris, Agriocharis
PelicaniformesSulidae Sula
Pelecanidae Pelecanus conspicillatus
Phalacrocoracidae Phalacocorax
Anhigidae Anhinga anhinga
CiconiiformesArdeidae* Syrigma, Pilherodius, Egretta, Casmerodius, Ardeola, Nycticorax, Ixobrychus
Ciconiidae Ciconia abdimii
Threskiornithidae Bostrichyia, Pseudibis, Ajaia
FalconiformesAccipitridae Aegyptius, Trigonoceps, Torgos
Falconidae Falco berigora
GruiformesCariamidae Cariama
Rallidae Porphyrio martinica, Porphyrula alleni, Gymnocrex
Heliornithidae Heliopais personata
CharadriformesJacanidae Jacana, Actophilornis, Metopidius
Recurvirostridae Recurvirostra
Sternidae Gygis
PsittaciformesPsittacidae Cacatua
ColumbiformesColumbidae Macropygia, Zenaida, Lopholaimus, Ducula bicolor, Treron
OpisthocomiformesOpisthocomidae* Opisthocomus hoazin
CuculiformesCuculidae* Coua, Morococcyx, Geococcyx, Neomorphus, Ceuthmochares, Phoenicophaeus, Carpococcyx
TrogoniformesTrogonidae Apaloderma, Harpactes, Trogon melanocephalus
CoraciiformesBucerotidae Bucorvus, Tockus, Bucerotus, Ceratogymna, Aceros, Anorhinus, Berenicornis, Rhyticeros
PiciformesPicidae Blythipicus, Picus
Ramphastidae* Selenidera, Ramphastos, Pteroglossus
PasseriformesEurylaimidae*Eurylaimus, Cymbirhynchus, Neodrepanis, Philepitta
Thamnophilidae* Gymnopithys, Myrmeciza, Rhegmatorhina, Phaenostictus, Gymnocichla, Myrmoderus
Formacariidae Formacarius
Cotingidae*Perissocephalus tricolor, Procnias nudicollis, Gymnoderus foetidus
Sturnidae* Leucopsar rothschildi
Timaliidae Garrulax, Stachyris erythroptera
Pycnonotidae Bleda syndactyla, Criniger calurus
PlatysteridaeDyaphorophygia (=Platysteira)
Monarchidae* Terpsiphone, Arses, Hypothymis, Pseudobias
Picathartidae Picathartes oreas
ParadisaeidaeParadigalla, Cicinnurus, Epimachus
Cnemophilidae Loboparadisea
Troglodytidae Cyphorhynus phaeocephalus
Meliphagidae Melidectes, Philemon, Entomyzon, Melithreptus, Lichenostomus cratitius, Certhionyx
Orthonychidae Orthonyx spaldingii
Callaeidae Callaeas cinerea
Oriolidae Sphecotheres viridis
Vangidae Leptopterus, Cyanolaimus, Euryceros, Schetba
Prionopidae Prionops scopifrons
Icteridae Psarocolius, Gymnomystax, Icterus icterus
Estrildidae Pyrenestes, Hypargos
  • Families marked with an asterisk are listed by Auber (1957).

  • Indicates strong sexual dimorphism in structural colouration.