DSCN0356 MaroonPhilentoma
Maroon-breasted Philentoma (Philentoma velata)
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Tephrodornithidae (but see text)
Genus Philentoma

Philentoma is an enigmatic genus of passerines. They were included in the Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers) when these were used as a "wastebin taxon" mainly for lack of a better idea, but have recently been recognized as part of a "shrike"-like group. They are now usually placed in the Tephrodornithidae with the woodshrikes, with some taxonomists alternatively placing them with the vangas.


It contains the following species:

Rufous-winged Philentoma (Temminck, 1836) (Philentoma pyrhoptera)
Maroon-breasted Philentoma (Temminck, 1825) (Philentoma velata)
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