Bird Orders of The World

Bird Orders of The World List

Below is a list of the 23 current orders of birds, if the order name is not a link then I have not had time to write anything yet.

Bird Orders of The World List Chaffinch
Bird Orders of The World List Chaffinch

List of the Orders of the Class Aves: Birds

Bird Order Common Names
Struthioniformes Cassowaries, Emus, Kiwis, Ostriches and Rheas
Tinamiformes Tinamous
Craciformes Chachalacas, Currasows, Guans, Malleefowl and Scrubfowls
Galliformes Grouse, Guineafowl, Quails, New World Quails, Pheasants and Turkeys
Anseriformes Ducks, Geese, Screamers, Swans and Whistling-ducks
Turniciformes Buttonquails
Piciformes Barbets, Honeyguides, Piculets, Woodpeckers and Wrynecks
Galbuliformes Jacamars and Puffbirds
Bucerotiformes Hornbills
Upupiformes Hoopoes and Scimitarbills
Trogoniformes Trogons
Coraciiformes Bee-eaters, Kingfishers, Motmots, Rollers and Todies
Coliiformes Colies or Mousebirds
Cuculiformes Anis, Coucals, Cuckooos, Hoatzin and Roadrunners
Psittaciformes Mawcaws and Parrots
Apodiformes Swifts
Trochiliformes Hermits and Hummingbirds
Musophagiformes Plantain-eaters and
Strigiformes Nightjars, Oilbirds, Owls, Owlet-nightjars and Potoos
Columbiformes Pigeons
Procellariiformes Albertrosses, Storm Petrels, Diving Petrels, Shearwaters,
Gruiformes Bustards, Coots, Cranes, Gallinules, Kagus, Limpkins, Mesites, Monias, Rails, Roatelos, Seriemas Sunbitterns, Sungrebes and Trumpeters
Ciconiiformes Albertrosses, Anhingas, Auks, Avocets, Bitterns, Boobies, Caracaras, Cormorants, Crab-plovers, Curlews, Darters, Divers, Eagles, Egrets, Falcons, Flamingos, Frigatebirds, Gannets, Grebes, Gulls, Hammerkops, Hawks, Herons, Ibises, Jacanas, Kites, Lapwings,Loons, Oystercatchers, Paintedsnipe, Pelecans, Penguins, Petrels, Phalaropes, Plains-wanderers, Plovers, Pratincoles, Puffins, Sandgrouse, Sandpipers, Secretarybirds, Seedsnipes, Shags, Shearwaters, Sheathbills, Shoebills, Skuas, Snipe, Spoonbills, Stilts, Storks, Thick-knees, Tropicbirds and Vultures,
Passeriformes Accentors, Antbirds, Asities, Babblers, Birds of Paradise, Bowerbirds, Bristlebirds, Broadbills, Bulbuls, Buntings, Bushtits, Cardinals, Catbirds, Chaffinches, Chats, Chickadees, Chowchillas, Cotingas, Crossbills, Crows, Dippers, Drongos, Emuwrens, Fairy-bluebirds, Fairywrens, Fantails, Finches, Flowerpeckers, Flycatchers, Goldfinches, Gnatcatchers, Gnateaters, Grass-warblers, Grasswrens, Greenbuls, Greenlets, Honeycreepers, Honeyeaters, Hypocolius, Jays, Kinglets, Larks, Laughingthrushes, Leafbirds, Leaf-warblers, Logrunners, Lyrebirds, Magpies, Manakins, Martins, Mockingbirds,Mynas, Northern Creepers, Nuthatches, Ovenbirds, Palmchats, Pardalotes, Peppershrikes, Pipits, Pittas, Robins, Ravens, Scrub-birds, Scrubwrens, Shrikes, Shrike-vireos, Silky-flycatchers, Sparrows, Spiderhunters, Starlings, Swallows, Sugarbirds, Sunbirds, Tapaculos, Thornbills, Tits, Tityras, Treecreepers, Thrushes,Tyrant Wattlebirds, Wag-tails, Wallcreepers, Waxwings, Weavers, White-eyes, Whydahs, Woodcreepers, Woodwarblers, Wrens, Wrentits, Vireos,
  +Loads more, if you have found the name yet it is probably part of this huge group


A Checklist of Birds of the World. This checklist gives no taxonomic data, it is simply a list of Orders, Families and Species.

World Checklist of Non-Passerine Birds
World Checklist of Passerine Birds

Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.


  1. What a great website! Thanks for all the useful and intriguing information, Gordon. I didn’t realize the corvids are considered passerines.
    Most of the other avian websites list around 39 or 40 orders, I know cladistics is a wily project, but did you not include some orders, like falconiformes, for reasons unrelated to taxonomic quarrels?

    1. Hi Denny, yes you are right, the bird orders page is out of date, it was about 21 years ago that I wrote it. It will get up-dated eventually, but there is still so much that has not been written, I will be finishing Gastropods and moving on to Cephalopods in the coming weeks.

    1. Order: Galliformes
      Family: Phasianidae
      Genus: Gallus
      Species: Gallus gallus
      Subspecies: Gallus gallus domesticus

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