The relationship of bowerbirds to other bird families is still a mystery. For a long time, it was believed that they were very closely related to the birds of paradise, but recent genetic studies have shown that this is not the case except that they are both descended from ancient crows. Other studies have shown that they are likely closer to the lyrebirds, but this is controversial due to their extreme physical differences. Their true classification remains a mystery.
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