; class Aves, order Passeriformes)
A family of small to medium-sized birds which have contrasting black, blue, white, brown, or grey, patterned plumage. Their bills are stout and hooked, and vary from slim and decurved to deep and enlarged. They have short to long, rounded wings, and fairly long tails. They are arboreal, inhabit forests and brush, feed on insects and other animals, and nest in trees. There are eight genera, with 12 species, confined to Madagascar.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.