• Accipitriformes - Eagle-like birds of prey

    Accipitriformes - Eagle-like birds of prey

    To this order of Eagle-like birds of prey belong four families:

    • Accipitridae - Goshawks and Eagles (Amongst which also the Old World vultures)
    • Cathartidae - New World vultures
    • Pandionidae - Ospreys, which are characterized by two toes to the front and two toes to the rear of each claw
    • Sagittariidae - Secretary birds
  • Anseriformes - Geese-like birds

    Anseriformes - Geese-like birds

    To the order of the Anseriformes belong two families:

    • Anatidae - Ducks
    • Anserinae - Geese (and Swans)
  • Apodiformes - Swift-like birds

    Apodiformes - Swift-like birds

    To this order of Apodiformes (Swift-like birds) belongs only one family:

    • Apodidae - Swifts
  • Bucerotiformes - Hoopoes and Hornbills

    Bucerotiformes - Hoopoes and Hornbills

    To the order of the Bucerotiformes belongs the suborders of:

    • Buceroti - Hornbills
    • Upupi - Hoopoes


    • Within the suborder of Upupi is one family:

    • Upupidae- Hoopoes
  • Casuariiformes - Cassowaries and Emoes

    Casuariiformes - Cassowaries and Emoes

    Two families in the order of the Casuariiformes are:

    • Dromaiidae - Emoes
    • Casuariidae - Cassowaries


    I saw Emoes on Cuba in 1995, long before the digital camera era.
  • Charadriiformes - Waders, plovers, Stilts, Gulls and Skuas

    Charadriiformes - Waders, plovers, Stilts, Gulls and Skuas

    To this order belong five families:

    • Alcidae - Auks
    • Charadriidae - Plovers
    • Laridae - Gulls
    • Recurvirostridae - Stilts
    • Scolopacidae - Waders
    • Stercoraridae - Skuas
  • Ciconiiformes - Stork-like birds

    Ciconiiformes - Stork-like birds

    To this order belong the following families:

    • Ardeidae - Herons
    • Ciconiidae - Storks
    • Threskiornithidae - Ibisses (amongst which also Spoonbills)
  • Colombiformes - Pigeon-like birds

    Colombiformes - Pigeon-like birds

    To this order belong:

    • Colombidae - Pigeons
    • Rhaphinae (Exstinct)
  • Coraciiformes - Bee-eaters, Kingfishers, Strollers and others

    Coraciiformes - Bee-eaters, Kingfishers, Strollers and others

    To this order, which is mistakingly called Raven-like, belongs one suborder and six families:

    • Coraciidae Rollers
    • Brachypteraciidae Ground-rollers
    • Meropidae - Bee-eaters
    Suborder Alcedini:

    • Todidae - Todies
    • Momotidae - Motmots
    • Alcedinidae - Kingfishers
  • Cuculiformes - Cuckoo-like birds

    Cuculiformes - Cuckoo-like birds

    One familie belongs to the order of the Cuckoo-like birds:

    • Cuculidae - Cuckoos
  • Falconiformes - Falcon-like birds

    Falconiformes - Falcon-like birds

    To the order of the Falcon-like birds also the Eagle-like birds (Accipitridae) were counteduntil DNA-research showed that there is no close relationship. Parrots (Psittaciformes) are closer related to Falcons than Eagles are. There is one family in this order

    • Falconiidae - Falcons
  • Galliformes - Rooster-like birdes

    Galliformes - Rooster-like birdes

    Many of the Galliformes families are extinct. Remaning family is amongst others:

    • Phasanidae - Pheasants


    to which belong the Pheasants and the Quails.
  • Gaviiformes - Divers

    Gaviiformes - Divers

    To the Divers belongs one family:

    • Gaviidae - Loons
  • Gruiformes - Crane-like birds

    Gruiformes - Crane-like birds

    Two families belong to the Gruiformes:

    • Gruidae - Cranes
    • Rallidae - Rails
  • Passeriformes - Passerines

    Passeriformes - Passerines

    Passerines are called so because this order consists of a broad range of birds with highly developed syrinx, a group of 7 muscles 7 with which birds produce music. 60% of all birds belong to this orde, amongst which the following families:

    • Accrocephalidae - Reed warblers
    • Aegithalidae - Long-tailed tits
    • Alaudidae - Larks
    • Bombiciliidae - Waxwings
    • Calcariidae - Longspurs and Snow buntings
    • More
  • Pelicaniformes - Pelican-like birds

    Pelicaniformes - Pelican-like birds

    To this order belongs one family:

    • Pelicanidae - Pelicans
  • Phoenericopteriformes - Flamengo-like birds

    Phoenericopteriformes - Flamengo-like birds

    To this order belongs one family:

    • Phoenericopteridae - Flamengo's
  • Piciformes - Woodpecker-like birds

    Piciformes - Woodpecker-like birds

    To this order belongs one family:

    • Picidae - Woodpeckers
  • Podicipediformes - Grebes

    Podicipediformes - Grebes

    To this order belongs one family:

    • Podicipedidae - Grebes
  • Procellariiformes - Tubenoses

    Procellariiformes - Tubenoses

    Four families belong to this order:

    • Diomedeidae - Albatrosses
    • Procellariidae -Petrels and Shearwaters
    • Hydrobatidae - Storm petrels
    • Oceanitidae - Diving petrels
  • Psittaciformes - Parrot-like birds

    Psittaciformes - Parrot-like birds

    To this group belong multiple species Spread all over the Southern hemisphere, from South America to New Zealand and Australia. In Europe (UK, NL etc.) live colonies of Parrot-like birds like the African Ring-necked Parakeet, that origin from escaped "pets".

    To this order belongs the family:


    • Psittacidae - Parrots
  • Pteroclidiformes - Sandgrouses

    Pteroclidiformes - Sandgrouses

    Also this order consists of one family, the Pteroclididae (Sandgrouses) with 16 species.
  • Strigiformes - Owl-like birds

    Strigiformes - Owl-like birds

    The order of the Owl-like birds consists of two families:

    • Strigidae - True owls
    • Tytonidae - Barn owls


    • In total this order includes approximately 200 most nightly active, solitary birds.
  • Struthioniiformes - Ostriche-like birds

    Struthioniiformes - Ostriche-like birds

    There is one family in this order:

    • Struthioniidae - Ostriches


    I saw these in Kenya in 2003, long before I could affort myself a digital camera.
  • Suliformes - Cormorants, Gannets, Frigaty birds and Darters

    Suliformes - Cormorants, Gannets, Frigaty birds and Darters

    This order has four families:

    • Phalocrocorax - Cormorants
    • Sulidae - Gannets
    • Fregattidae - Frigaty birds
    • Anhingidae - Darters
     
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