|Title||Diversification across the New World within the ‘blue’ cardinalids (Aves: Cardinalidae)|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Bryson RW, Chaves J, Smith BT, Miller M, Winker K, Pérez-Emán JL, Klicka J|
|Journal||Journal of Biogeography|
|Date Published||March, 2014|
To examine the history of diversification of ‘blue’ cardinalids (Cardinalidae) across North and South America.
Our reconstruction of the diversification history of blue cardinalids indicates a role of both Neogene and Quaternary events in generating biotic diversity across North and South America. Although ancestral area reconstruction suggests a possible North American origin for blue cardinalids, the occurrence of seasonal migration in this group and their relatives limits inference. Our study highlights the importance of considering ecological and behavioural characteristics together with palaeogeological events in order to gain an understanding of the diversification history of widespread, mobile taxonomic groups.