Cibois, Alice, David, Normand, Gregory, Steven M. S. & Pasquet, Eric, 2010, Bernieridae (Aves: Passeriformes): a family-group name for the Malagasy sylvioid radiation, Zootaxa 2554, pp. 65-68: 67

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Bernieridae   , fam. nov.

Type genus: Bernieria Pucheran, 1855   [= Bonaparte n.n.]

Type species: Ramphocoenus viridis Lesson, 1830   = Muscicapa madagascariensis Gmelin, 1789   by monotypy.

Description: a group of insectivorous passerine birds (Aves, Passeriformes   ) endemic to Madagascar, which share a common ancestor and form an adaptive radiation within the island. The species that comprise this group exhibit a great variety of bill shapes, wing and tail proportions, and tarsus lengths. Yellow and green are the most common colorations, with few plumage patterns (e.g. white throat for Oxylabes madagascariensis   and Xanthomixis apperti   ).This group has been diagnosed as monophyletic based only on genetic results.