To: "lorna bloom" <>
Subject: endemics
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Sun, 05 Nov 2000 11:17:21 +1100
Hi Lorna -

At 10:27 AM 5/11/00 +1100, you wrote:
>Pizzey's field guide says that there are 329 endemic bird species in
>Australia, but how many endemic bird FAMILIES are there?

A quick look at the trusty Christidis & Boles (The Taxonomy and Species of
Birds of Australia and its Territories. 1994) suggests only four endemic
families, containing a total of seven species:

Pedionomidae - Plains-wanderer
Menuridae - lyrebirds
Atrichornithidae - scrub-birds
Corcoracidae - White-winged Chough and Apostlebird

Many families have representatives in New Guinea, so making them
non-endemic to Australia.  If you asked how many families are endemic to
Australia, New Guinea and adjacent islands as a region the number in the
answer would be much higher.


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