Research project: Systematics and biogeography of Australo-Pacific avifauna (ABRS)


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Museum investigators

Funded by

  • Australian Museum


The birds of the Australo-Pacific include many unusual and endemic groups. Their evolution and dispersal through Australasia and the Pacific islands exhibit intriguing, yet often poorly understood patterns.

Studies at lower taxonomic scales (e.g. species-groups or genera) and higher ones (e.g. interfamilial) are starting to elucidate patterns and relationships. Relationships within, and between, groups of Australo-Pacific birds reveal previously unexpected patterns of evolution and dispersal. Molecular studies, often combined with morphological analyses, are providing much better supported views on how the Australo-Pacific avifauna evolved.

Dr Walter Boles , Senior Fellow
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