bird family

Definitions of bird family
  1. noun
    a family of warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
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    Struthionidae, family Struthionidae
    tall terrestrial birds: ostriches
    Casuaridae, family Casuaridae
    a family of large ostrich-like birds including cassowaries
    Apterygidae, family Apterygidae
    coextensive with the order Apterygiformes
    Rheidae, family Rheidae
    a family of birds coextensive with the order Rheiformes
    Aepyornidae, family Aepyornidae
    coextensive with the order Aepyorniformes
    Dinornithidae, family Dinornithidae
    moas
    Meliphagidae, family Meliphagidae
    honey eaters
    Prunellidae, family Prunellidae
    hedge sparrow
    Alaudidae, family Alaudidae
    larks
    Motacillidae, family Motacillidae
    pipits and wagtails
    Fringillidae, family Fringillidae
    finches: goldfinches; bullfinches; chaffinches; siskins; canaries; cardinals; grosbeaks; crossbills; linnets; buntings
    Carduelinae, subfamily Carduelinae
    used in some classifications for a subgroup of finches
    Emberizidae, subfamily Emberizidae, subfamily Emberizinae
    buntings and some New World sparrows
    Coerebidae, Dacninae, family Coerebidae, family Dacninae
    the honeycreepers
    Passeridae, family Passeridae
    true sparrows: Old world birds formerly considered weaverbirds
    Ploceidae, family Ploceidae
    weaverbirds
    Drepanididae, family Drepanididae
    Hawaiian honeycreepers
    Menuridae, family Menuridae
    lyrebirds
    Atrichornithidae, family Atrichornithidae
    scrubbirds
    Eurylaimidae, family Eurylaimidae
    coextensive with the suborder Eurylaimi
    Tyrannidae, superfamily Tyrannidae
    New World tyrant flycatchers most numerous in Central America and South America but also in the United States and Canada
    Cotingidae, family Cotingidae
    cotingas; umbrella birds
    Pipridae, family Pipridae
    manakins
    Furnariidae, family Furnariidae
    e.g. ovenbirds
    Formicariidae, family Formicariidae
    antbirds
    Dendrocolaptidae, family Dendrocolaptidae
    woodhewers or woodcreepers
    Pittidae, family Pittidae
    pittas
    Muscicapidae, family Muscicapidae
    Old World (true) flycatchers
    Turdidae, family Turdidae
    thrushes; in some classifications considered a subfamily (Turdinae) of the family Muscicapidae
    Turdinae, subfamily Turdinae
    alternative classification for the thrushes
    Sylviidae, family Sylviidae
    in some classifications considered a subfamily (Sylviinae) of the family Muscicapidae: Old World (true) warblers; American kinglets and gnatcatchers
    Sylviinae, subfamily Sylviinae
    alternative classification for the Old World warblers
    Timaliidae, family Timaliidae
    babblers
    Parulidae, family Parulidae
    New World warblers
    Paradisaeidae, family Paradisaeidae
    birds of paradise
    Icteridae, family Icteridae
    American orioles; American blackbirds; bobolinks; meadowlarks
    Oriolidae, family Oriolidae
    Old World orioles
    Sturnidae, family Sturnidae
    Old World starlings
    Corvidae, family Corvidae
    crow; raven; rook; jackdaw; chough; magpie; jay
    Garrulinae, subfamily Garrulinae
    subfamily of the crow family: jays
    Cracticidae, family Cracticidae
    Australian birds formerly included in the family Laniidae
    Troglodytidae, family Troglodytidae
    wrens
    Mimidae, family Mimidae
    sometimes considered a subfamily of Troglodytidae: mockingbirds; catbirds; thrashers
    Acanthisittidae, Xenicidae, family Acanthisittidae, family Xenicidae
    alternative names for the family comprising the New Zealand wrens
    Certhiidae, family Certhiidae
    creepers
    Sittidae, family Sittidae
    nuthatches
    Paridae, family Paridae
    titmice and chickadees
    Irenidae, family Irenidae
    a family of birds of the suborder Oscines
    Hirundinidae, family Hirundinidae
    swallows and martins
    Artamidae, family Artamidae
    wood swallows
    Thraupidae, family Thraupidae
    tanagers
    Laniidae, family Laniidae
    shrikes
    Malaconotinae, subfamily Malaconotinae
    an African bush shrikes
    Ptilonorhynchidae, family Ptilonorhynchidae
    bowerbirds
    Cinclidae, family Cinclidae
    water ouzels
    Vireonidae, family Vireonidae
    small insectivorous American songbirds
    Bombycillidae, family Bombycillidae
    a family of birds of the suborder Oscines
    Accipitridae, family Accipitridae
    hawks; Old World vultures; kites; harriers; eagles
    Falconidae, family Falconidae
    a family of birds of the order Falconiformes
    Pandionidae, family Pandionidae
    ospreys
    Sagittariidae, family Sagittariidae
    secretary birds
    Cathartidae, family Cathartidae
    condors; turkey buzzards; king vultures
    Strigidae, family Strigidae
    a family of nocturnal birds of the order Strigiformes
    Tytonidae, family Tytonidae
    comprising only the barn owls
    Meleagrididae, family Meleagrididae
    turkeys and some extinct forms
    Tetraonidae, family Tetraonidae
    grouse
    Cracidae, family Cracidae
    curassows; guans; chachalacas
    Megapodiidae, family Megapodiidae
    megapodes
    Phasianidae, family Phasianidae
    pheasants; quails; partridges
    Perdicidae, Perdicinae, subfamily Perdicidae, subfamily Perdicinae
    Old World partridges
    Numididae, Numidinae, subfamily Numididae, subfamily Numidinae
    guinea fowl and related birds of Africa and Madagascar
    Opisthocomidae, family Opisthocomidae
    comprising the hoatzins
    Tinamidae, family Tinamidae
    comprising the tinamous
    Raphidae, family Raphidae
    extinct dodos and solitaires
    Columbidae, family Columbidae
    doves and pigeons
    Pteroclididae, family Pteroclididae
    sandgrouses
    Psittacidae, family Psittacidae
    coextensive with the order Psittaciformes
    Loriinae, subfamily Loriinae
    lories
    Cuculidae, family Cuculidae
    includes cuckoo; ani; roadrunner
    Musophagidae, family Musophagidae
    touracos
    Coraciidae, family Coraciidae
    rollers
    Alcedinidae, family Alcedinidae
    kingfishers
    Meropidae, family Meropidae
    bee-eaters
    Bucerotidae, family Bucerotidae
    hornbills
    Upupidae, family Upupidae
    hoopoes
    Phoeniculidae, family Phoeniculidae
    wood hoopoes
    Momotidae, family Momotidae
    a family of birds of the order Coraciiformes
    Todidae, family Todidae
    a family of birds of the order Coraciiformes
    Apodidae, family Apodidae
    swifts; in former classifications included in the order Coraciiformes
    Hemiprocnidae, family Hemiprocnidae
    tree swifts
    Trochilidae, family Trochilidae
    hummingbirds
    Caprimulgidae, family Caprimulgidae
    goatsuckers
    Podargidae, family Podargidae
    frogmouths
    Steatornithidae, family Steatornithidae
    oilbirds
    Picidae, family Picidae
    woodpeckers
    Capitonidae, family Capitonidae
    barbets
    Bucconidae, family Bucconidae
    puffbirds
    Indicatoridae, family Indicatoridae
    honey guides
    Galbulidae, family Galbulidae
    jacamars
    Ramphastidae, family Ramphastidae
    toucans
    Trogonidae, family Trogonidae
    coextensive with the order Trogoniformes
    Anatidae, family Anatidae
    swimming birds having heavy short-legged bodies and bills with a horny tip: swans; geese; ducks
    Merginae, subfamily Merginae
    mergansers and closely related diving birds
    Anserinae, subfamily Anserinae
    used in some classifications for the swans
    Anhimidae, family Anhimidae
    screamers
    Ciconiidae, family Ciconiidae
    storks
    Balaenicipitidae, family Balaenicipitidae
    shoebills
    Threskiornithidae, family Ibidiidae, family Threskiornithidae
    ibises
    Plataleidae, family Plataleidae
    spoonbills
    Phoenicopteridae, family Phoenicopteridae
    flamingos
    Ardeidae, family Ardeidae
    herons; egrets; night herons; bitterns
    Gruidae, family Gruidae
    cranes
    Cariamidae, family Cariamidae
    crane-like South American wading birds
    Rallidae, family Rallidae
    rails; crakes; gallinules; coots
    Otididae, family Otididae
    bustards
    Turnicidae, family Turnicidae
    small Old World birds resembling but not related to true quail
    Psophiidae, family Psophiidae
    trumpeters
    Charadriidae, family Charadriidae
    plover family
    Scolopacidae, family Scolopacidae
    sandpiper family: sandpipers; woodcocks; snipes; tattlers; curlews; godwits; dowitchers
    Recurvirostridae, family Recurvirostridae
    long-legged shorebirds
    Haematopodidae, family Haematopodidae
    oystercatchers
    Phalaropidae, family Phalaropidae
    phalaropes
    Glareolidae, family Glareolidae
    Old World shorebirds: pratincoles and coursers
    Burhinidae, family Burhinidae
    large wading birds resembling the plovers: stone curlews
    Laridae, family Laridae
    gull family: gulls and terns
    Sterninae, subfamily Sterninae
    terns
    Rynchopidae, family Rynchopidae
    coextensive with the genus Rynchops: skimmers
    Stercorariidae, family Stercorariidae
    jaegers and skuas:
    Alcidae, family Alcidae
    web-footed diving seabirds of northern seas: auks; puffins; guillemots; murres; etc.
    Gavidae, family Gavidae
    loon family
    Podicipedidae, family Podicipedidae
    coextensive with the order Podicipitiformes
    Pelecanidae, family Pelecanidae
    pelicans
    Fregatidae, family Fregatidae
    frigate birds
    Sulidae, family Sulidae
    gannets and boobies
    Phalacrocoracidae, family Phalacrocoracidae
    cormorants
    Anhingidae, family Anhingidae
    snakebirds
    Phaethontidae, family Phaethontidae
    tropicbirds
    Spheniscidae, family Spheniscidae
    comprising all existing penguins
    Diomedeidae, family Diomedeidae
    albatrosses
    Procellariidae, family Procellariidae
    petrels; fulmars; shearwaters;
    Hydrobatidae, family Hydrobatidae
    storm petrels
    Pelecanoididae, family Pelecanoididae
    diving petrels
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    (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera
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