Parrots, Cockatoos, Lories, LorikeetsJohn Harshman
This tree diagram shows the relationships between several groups of organisms.
The root of the current tree connects the organisms featured in this tree to their containing group and the rest of the Tree of Life. The basal branching point in the tree represents the ancestor of the other groups in the tree. This ancestor diversified over time into several descendent subgroups, which are represented as internal nodes and terminal taxa to the right.
You can click on the root to travel down the Tree of Life all the way to the root of all Life, and you can click on the names of descendent subgroups to travel up the Tree of Life all the way to individual species.close box
Relationships after de Kloet and de Kloet 2005.
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de Kloet, R. S. and S. R. de Kloet. 2005. The evolution of the spindlin gene in birds: Sequence analysis of an intron of the spindlin W and Z gene reveals four major divisions of the Psittaciformes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 36:706-721.
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Miyaki, C. Y., S. R. Matioli, T. Burke, and A. Wajntal. 1998. Parrot evolution and paleogeographical events: mitochondrial DNA evidence. Molecular Biology and Evolution 15:544-551.
Wright, T. F., E. E. Schirtzinger, T. Matsumoto, J. R. Eberhard, G. R. Graves, J. J. Sanchez, S. Capelli, H. Muller, J. Scharpegge, G. K. Chambers, and R. C. Fleischer. 2008. A multilocus molecular phylogeny of the parrots (Psittaciformes): Support for a Gondwanan origin during the Cretaceous. Molecular Biology and Evolution 25(10):2141-2156; doi:10.1093/molbev/msn160.
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- First online 14 December 2005
- Content changed 31 August 2007
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Harshman, John. 2007. Psittaciformes. Psittacidae. Parrots, Cockatoos, Lories, Lorikeets. Version 31 August 2007 (temporary). http://tolweb.org/Psittacidae/26406/2007.08.31 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/