International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature

Frank E. Rheindt


Area of Taxonomic Interest: Aves

Country: Singapore

Elected: December 2015, see BZN 73 (1): 2.

Summary of Research & Education:

Publication List:


Chattopadhyay B, Garg KM, Vinoth Kumar AK, Paramanantha Swami Doss D, Rheindt FE, Kandula S, Ramakrishnan U. Genome-wide data reveal cryptic diversity and genetic introgression in an Oriental cynopterine fruit bat radiation. BMC – Evolutionary Biology, in press.

Ng EYX, Eaton JA, Verbelen P, Hutchinson RO, Rheindt FE. Using bioacoustic data to test the impact of glacial land bridges on diversification in an Indo-Pacific island radiation of cuckoo doves (Macropygia). Biol. J. Linnean Soc, in press.

Sadanandan KR, Tan DJX, Schjølberg K, Round PD, Rheindt FE. DNA reveals long-distance partial migratory behavior in a cryptic owl lineage. Avian Research, in press.


Tang GSY, Sadanandan KR, Rheindt FE. Population genetics of a tropical frugivore in an urban-fragmented landscape: the olive-winged bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus) in Singapore. Ecology and Evolution, in press.

Chisholm RA, Giam X, Sadanandan KR, Fung T, Rheindt FE. A robust non-parametric method for quantifying undetected extinctions. Conservation Biology, in press.

Ng S, Rheindt FE. Species delimitation in the white-faced cuckoo-dove Turacoena manadensis: bioacoustic data corroborate Pleistocene land connections. Avian Research, in press.

Rheindt FE, Krabbe N, Wee AKS, Christidis L. 2015. Cryptic speciation in the Lesser Elaenia Elaenia chiriquensis (Aves: Passeriformes: Tyrannidae). Zootaxa 4032: 251-263.

Sadanandan KR, Rheindt FE. 2015. Genetic diversity of a tropical rainforest understory bird in an urban fragmented landscape. Condor 117: 447-459.

Tin M, Rheindt FE, Cros E, Mikheyev A. 2015 Degenerate adaptor sequences for detecting PCR duplicates in reduced representation sequencing data improve genotype-calling accuracy. Molecular Ecology Resources 15: 329-336.


Rheindt FE, Tizard R, Nila Pwint, Naing Lin. 2014. The rediscovery of Myanmar’s Jerdon’s Babbler Chrysomma altirostre altirostre. BirdingASIA 22: 15-17.

Rheindt FE, Prawiradilaga DM, Suparno, Ashari H, Wilton PR. 2014. New and significant island records, range extensions and elevational extensions of birds in eastern Sulawesi, its nearby satellites, and Ternate. Treubia 41: 61-90.

Harris JBC, Rasmussen PC, Yong DL, Prawiradilaga DM, Putra DD, Round PD, Rheindt FE. 2014. A new species of Muscicapa flycatcher from Sulawesi, Indonesia. PLoS ONE 9(11): e112657. doi:101371/journal.pone.0112657

Jarvis ED, Mirarab S, Aberer AJ, Li B, Houde P, Li C, Ho SYW, Faircloth BC, Nabholz B, Howard JT, Suh A, Weber CC, da Fonseca RR, Li J, Zhang F, Li H, Zhou L, Narula N, Liu L, Ganapathy G, Boussau B, Bayzid MS, Zavidovych V, Subramanian S, Gabaldón T, Capella-Gutiérrez S, Huerta-Cepas J, Rekepalli B, Munch K, Schierup M, Lindow B, Warren WC, Ray D, Green RE, Bruford M, Zhan X, Dixon A, Li S, Li N, Huang Y, Derryberry EP, Bertelsen MF, Sheldon FH, Brumfield RT, Mello CV, Lovell PV, Wirthlin M, Cruz Schneider MP, Prosdocimi F, Samaniego JA, Vargas Velazquez AM, Alfaro-Núñez A, Campos PF, Petersen B, Sicheritz-Ponten T, Pas A, Bailey T, Scofield P, Bunce M, Lambert DM, Zhou Q, Perelman P, Driskell AC, Shapiro B, Xiong Z, Zeng Y, Liu S, Li Z, Liu B, Wu K, Xiao J, Yinqi X, Zheng Q, Zhang Y, Yang H, Wang J, Smeds L, Rheindt FE, Braun M, Fjeldså J, Orlando L, Barker K, Jønsson KA, Johnson W, Koepfli K-P, O’Brien S, Haussler D, Ryder OA, Rahbek C, Willerslev E, Graves GR, Glenn TC, McCormack J, Burt D, Ellegren H, Alström P, Edwards SV, Stamatakis A, Mindell DP, Cracraft J, Braun EL, Warnow T, Jun W, Gilbert MTP, Zhang G. 2014. Whole genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds. Science 346(6215): 1320-1331.

Yap F, Yong DL, Low B, Cros E, Foley C, Lim KK, Rheindt FE. 2014. First wintering record of the Sakhalin Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus borealoides) in South-east Asia, with notes on vocalisations. Birding Asia 21: 76-81.

Rheindt FE, Christidis L, Kuhn S, de Kloet S, Norman JA, Fidler A. 2014. The timing of diversification within the most divergent parrot clade. Journal of Avian Biology 45: 140-148.

Rheindt FE, Norman JA, Christidis L. 2014. Extensive diversification across islands in the echolocating Aerodramus swiftlets. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 62: 89-99.

Rheindt FE, Fujita MK, Wilton PR, Edwards SV. 2014. Introgression and phenotypic assimilation in Zimmerius flycatchers (Tyrannidae): population genetic and phylogenetic inferences from genome-wide SNPs. Systematic Biology 63: 134-152.


Christidis L, Rheindt FE, Boles WE, Norman JA. 2013. A re-appraisal of species diversity within the Australian grasswrens Amytornis (Aves: Maluridae). Australian Zoologist 36(4): 429-437.

Rheindt FE, Cuervo AM, Brumfield RT. 2013. Rampant polyphyly indicates cryptic diversity in a clade of Neotropical flycatchers (Aves: Tyrannidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 108: 889-900.

Rheindt FE, Hutchinson RO. 2013. The discovery of a new Locustella bush warbler on the island of Taliabu, Indonesia. Birding Asia 19: 109-110.

Van Balen B, Eaton JA, Rheindt FE. 2013. Biology, taxonomy and conservation status of the Short-tailed Green Magpie Cissa thalassina from Java. Bird Conservation International 23: 91-109.


Rheindt FE. 2012. New avian records from the little-explored Fakfak Mountains and the Onin Peninsula (West Papua). Bulletin Brit. Orn. Cl. 132: 102-115.

Rheindt FE, Eaton JA. 2012. Notes on the life-history and taxonomy of Muscicapa dauurica umbrosa, an overlooked Bornean canopy bird. Forktail – Journal of Asian Ornithology 28: 144-146.


Rheindt FE, Székely T, Edwards SV, Lee PLM, Burke T, Kennerley PR, Bakewell DN, AlRashidi M, Kosztolányi A, Weston MA, Liu W-T, Lei W-P, Shigeta Y, Javed S, Zefania S, Küpper C. 2011. Conflict between genetic and phenotypic differentiation: the evolutionary history of a ‘lost and rediscovered’ shorebird. PLoS ONE 6: e26995.

Rheindt FE, Edwards SV. 2011. Genetic introgression: an integral but neglected component of speciation in birds. Auk 128: 620-632.

Rheindt FE, Eaton JA, Verbelen F. 2011. Vocal trait evolution in a geographic leapfrog pattern: speciation in the Ptilinopus subgularis complex from Wallacea. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123: 429-440.

Rheindt FE, Verbelen F. 2011. First nest description of the Vinous-breasted Sparrowhawk Accipiter rhodogaster with notes on its vocalizations and taxonomy. Kukila 15: 83-88.

Rheindt FE, Verbelen F. 2011. First record of Blue-and-white Flycatcher Cyanoptila cyanomelana in the Wallacean Region. Kukila 15: 80-82.


Christidis L, Rheindt FE, Boles WE, Norman JA. 2010. Plumage patterns are good indicators of taxonomic diversity, but not of phylogenetic affinities, in Australian grasswrens Amytornis (Aves: Maluridae). Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 57: 868-877.

Rheindt FE, Verbelen F, Dadang Dwi Putra, Rahman A, Indrawan M. 2010. New biogeographic records in the avifauna of Peleng Island (Sulawesi, Indonesia), with taxonomic notes on some endemic taxa. Bulletin Brit. Orn. Cl. 130: 181-207.

Rheindt FE. 2010. New biogeographic records for the avifauna of Taliabu (Sula Islands, Indonesia), with the preliminary documentation of two previously undiscovered taxa. Bulletin Brit. Orn. Cl. 130: 33-51.

Brickle NW, Eaton JA, Rheindt FE. 2010. A rapid bird survey of the Menyapa mountains, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Forktail – Journal of Asian Ornithology 26: 31-41.

Rheindt FE, Eaton JA. 2010. Biological species limits in the Banded Pitta Pitta guajana. Forktail – Journal of Asian Ornithology 26: 86-91.

Bezuijen MR, Eaton JA, Gidean, Hutchinson RO, Rheindt FE. 2010. Recent and historical bird records for Kalaw, eastern Myanmar (Burma) between 1895 and 2008. Forktail – Journal of Asian Ornithology 26: 49-74.


Rheindt FE, Christidis L, Norman JA. 2009. Genetic introgression, incomplete lineage sorting and faulty taxonomy create multiple polyphyly in a montane clade of Elaenia flycatchers. Zoologica Scripta 38: 143-153.

Rheindt FE, Christidis L, Cabanne GS, Miyaki C, Norman JA. 2009. The timing of Neotropical speciation dynamics in the late Neogene: a reconstruction of Myiopagis flycatcher diversification using phylogenetic and paleogeographic data. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 53: 961–971.

Rheindt FE, Eaton JA. 2009. Species limits in Pteruthius shrike-babblers: a comparison between the Biological and Phylogenetic Species Concept. Zootaxa 2301: 29–54.

Eaton JA, Rheindt FE. 2009. Long-billed Plover Charadrius placidus nesting in its Himalayan wintering range: first breeding record for the Indian Subcontinent. Forktail – Journal of Asian Ornithology 25: 153-154.

Rheindt FE. 2009. First nest and egg description of the New Guinea Bronzewing Henicophaps albifrons and its phylogenetic significance. Kukila 14: 59-62.

Hutchinson RO, Rheindt FE. 2009. First nest and egg of the Seram Mountain-Pigeon Gymnophaps stalkeri of Maluku. Kukila 14: 41-43.


Rheindt FE, Christidis L, Norman JA. 2008. Habitat shifts in the evolutionary history of a Neotropical flycatcher lineage from forest and open landscapes. BMC – Evolutionary Biology 8: 193.

Rheindt FE, Norman JA, Christidis L. 2008. DNA evidence shows vocalizations to be a better indicator of taxonomic limits than plumage patterns in Zimmerius tyrant-flycatchers. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 48: 150-156.

Rheindt FE, Norman JA, Christidis L. 2008. Phylogenetic relationships of tyrant-flycatchers (Aves; Tyrannidae), with an emphasis on the elaeniine assemblage. Mol. Phylogen. Evol. 46: 88-101.

Rheindt FE, Norman JA, Christidis L. 2008. Genetic differentiation across the Andes in two pan-Neotropical tyrant-flycatcher species. Emu 108: 261-268.

Rheindt FE, Quispe Vela H. 2008. Descripción del nido y de los polluelos del Solitario Orejiblanco Entomodestes leucotis. Cotinga 30: 70-71.

Rheindt FE. 2008. Descripción preliminar del nido de Pachyramphus spodiurus, especie amenazada. Cotinga 29: 162-163.


Norman JA, Rheindt FE, Rowe DL, Christidis L. 2007. Speciation dynamics in the Australo-Papuan Meliphaga honeyeaters. Mol. Phylogen. Evol. 42: 80-91.

Rheindt FE, Hutchinson RO. 2007. A photoshot odyssey through the confused avian taxonomy of Seram and Buru (southern Moluccas). Birding Asia 7: 18-38.

Rheindt FE, Hutchinson RO. 2007. New island records and new elevational records of birds from the Southern Moluccas. Forktail – Journal of Asian Ornithology 23: 158-161.

Hutchinson R, Eaton J, Demeulemeester B, Rheindt FE. 2007. Observations of Flores Scops Owl Otus alfredi on Flores, Indonesia, with a first description of its vocalisations. Forktail – Journal of Asian Ornithology 23: 184-187.


Rheindt FE. 2006. Splits galore: the revolution in Asian leaf warbler systematics. Birding Asia 5: 25-39.


Federle W, Rheindt FE. 2005. Macaranga ant-plants hide food from intruders: correlation of food presentation and presence of wax barriers analysed using phylogenetically independent contrasts. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 84: 177-193.

Rheindt FE, Strehl C-P, Gadau J. 2005. A genetic component in the determination of worker polymorphism in the Florida harvester ant Pogonomyrmex badius. Insectes Sociaux 52: 163-168.

Rheindt FE, Austin JJ. 2005. Major analytical and conceptual short-comings in a recent taxonomic revision of the Procellariiformes – a reply to Penhallurick and Wink (2004). Emu 105: 181-186.


Rheindt FE, Gadau J, Strehl C-P, Hölldobler B. 2004. Extremely high mating frequency in the Florida harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex badius). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 56: 472-481.

Rheindt FE, Grafe TU, Abouheif E. 2004. Rapidly evolving traits and the comparative method: how important is testing for phylogenetic independence? Evolutionary Ecology Research 6: 377-396.

Rheindt FE. 2004. Notes on the range and ecology of Sichuan Treecreeper Certhia tianquanensis. Forktail – Journal of Asian Ornithology 20: 141-142.

Rheindt FE. 2004. An incident of elevational displacement of birds at Bukit Fraser, Peninsular Malaysia. Forktail – Journal of Asian Ornithology 20: 130-131.

Rheindt FE. 2004. New Species in Cambodia: Rosy Minivet Pericrocotus roseus roseus in Chhep; and Sulphur-breasted Warbler Phylloscopus ricketti at Bokor. Cambodia Bird News 12: 45-46.

Rheindt FE. 2004. Review – Handbook of the Birds of the World, Volume 8, Broadbills to Tapaculos. Australian Field Ornithology 21: 127-130.


Rheindt FE. 2003. The impact of roads on birds: Does song frequency play a role in determining susceptibility to noise pollution? J. Ornith. 144: 295-306.


Rheindt FE, Grafe TU, Linsenmair KE. 2001. New bird records for Comoé National Park, Ivory Coast. Malimbus 24: 38-40.