Non-Passerine Birds: List Of Orders And Families

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Orders and Families of Non-Passerine Birds

FamilyNameGeneraspeciesDistibution 
OrderFamilyNameGeneraspeciesDistibution
StruthioniformesStruthionidaeOstriches11Africa
RheidaeRheas12South America
CasuariidaeCassowaries13Australia, NewGuinea
DromiceiidaeEmus11Australia
ApterygidaeKiwis13NewZealand
TinamiformesTinamidaeTinamous947Central+South America
CraciformesCracidaeChachalacas, Currasows and Guans1150Central+South America
MegapodiidaeScrubfowls, Malleefowl619Australasian, Pacific
GalliformesPhasianidaePheasants, Grouse, Quails, Turkeys etc.45177Old World
NumididaeGuineafowl46Africa
OdontophoridaeNew World Quails46N. and S. America
AnseriformesAnhimidaeScreamers23South America
AnseranatidaeMagpie Goose11Australasian
DendrocygnidaeWhistling-ducks29Pantropical
AnatidaeDucks, Geese and Swans43148Worldwide
TurniciformesTurnicidaeButtonquails217Old World Australia
PiciformesIndicatoridaeHoneyguides417Africa, Southern Asia
PicidaeWoodpeckers and Wrynecks28215Worldwide
MegalaimoideaAsian Barbets326Asia
LybiidaeAfrican Barbets742Africa
RhamphastidaeNew World Barbets and Toucans955South America
GalbuliformesGalbulidaeJacamars518Central+South America
BucconidaePuffbirds1033Central+South America
BucerotiformesBucerotidaeTypical Hornbills854Africa, Southern Asia
BucorvidaeGround Hornbills12Africa
UpupiformesUpupidaeHoopoes12Eurasia, Africa
PhoeniculidaeWoodhoopoes15Central Africa
RhinopomastidaeScimitarbills13Central Africa
TrogoniformesTrogonidaeTrogons639Pantropical
CoraciiformesCoraciidaeTypical Rollers212Old World Tropics
BrachypteraciidaeGround Rollers35Madagascar
LeptosomidaeCuckoo Rollers11Madagascar, Comores
MomotidaeMomots69Central+South America
TodidaeTodies15Greater Antilles
AlcedinidaeAlcedinid Kingfishers324Worldwide
DacelonidaeDacelonid Kingfishers1261Australasia
CerylidaeCerylid Kingfishers39Worldwide
MeropidaeBee-eaters326Africa, Eurasia, Australia
ColiiformesColiidaeMousebirds26Central+South Africa
CuculiformesCuculidaeOld World Cuckoos1779Africa, Eurasia
CentropodidaeCoucals130Africa, Australasia
CoccyzidaeAmerican Cuckoos418New World
OpisthocomidaeHoatzin11Central+South America
CrotophagidaeAnis and Guira Cuckoo24Tropical New World
NeomorphidaeRoadrunners, Ground-cuckoos511North America, Asia
PsittaciformesPsittacidaeParrots and Allies80360Worldwide
ApodiformesApodidaeTypical Swifts1899Worldwide
HemiprocnidaeCrested Swifts14Southeast Asia, Pacific
TrochiliformesTrochilidaeHermits and Hummingbirds109319New World
MusophagiformesMusophagidaePlantain-eaters and523Africa
Touracos
StrigiformesTytonidaeBarn and Grass Owls217Worldwide
StrigidaeTypical Owls23161Worldwide
AegothelidaeOwlet-nightjars18Australia
PodargidaeAustralian Frogmouths13Australia
BatrachostomidaeAsian Frogmouths111Southeast Asia
SteatornithidaeOilbirds11South America
NyctibiidaePotoos17Central+South America
EurostopodidaeEared-nightjars17Australasia
CaprimulgidaeNightjars and Nighthawks1476Worldwide
ColumbiformesColumbidaePigeons and Doves40310Worldwide
GruiformesEurypygidaeSunbitterns11Central+South America
OtididaeBustards625Africa, Eurasia
GruidaeCranes215Northern Hemisphere
HeliornithidaeLimpkins and Sungrebes44Central+South America
PsophiidaeTrumpeters13South America
CariamidaeSeriemas22South america
RhynochetidaeKagus11New Caladonia
RallidaeCoots, Gallinules and Rails34142Worldwide
MesitornithidaeMesites, Monias and Roatelos23Madagascar
CiconiiformesPteroclidaeSandgrouse216Africa and Eurasia
ThinocoridaeSeedsnipes24South America
PedionomidaePlains-wanderers11Australia
ScolopacidaeCurlews, Phalaropes, Sandpipers, Snipe etc2188Worldwide
RostratulidaePaintedsnipe12Pantropical
JacanidaeJacanas68Pantropical
ChionididaeSheathbills12Antarctic Islands
BurhinidaeThick-knees19Pantropical
CharadriidaeAvocets, Lapwings, Stilts, Oystercatchers and Plovers1689Worldwide
GlareolidaeCrab-plovers, Pratincoles618Worldwide
LaridaeAuks, Gulls, Skuas, Puffins28129Worldwide
AccipitridaeEagles, Hawks, Kites etc65250Worldwide
SagittariidaeSecretarybirds11Africa
FalconidaeFalcons, Caracaras1063Worldwide
PodicipedidaeGrebes621Worldwide
PhaethonitidaeTropicbirds13Pantropical
SulidaeBoobies, Gannets39Worldwide
AnhingidaeAnhingas, Darters14Pantropical
PhalacrocoracidaeCormorants, Shags138Worldwide
ArdeidaeBitterns, Egrets, Herons2065Worldwide
ScopidaeHamerkops11Africa
PhoenicopteridaeFlamingos15Some Tropics
ThreskiornithidaeIbises, Spoonbills1434Worldwide
PelecanidaePelecans, Shoebills29Pantropical
CiconiidaeNew World Vultures, Storks1126Worldwide
FregatidaeFrigatebirds15Pantropical
SpheniscidaePenguins617Southern Hemisphere
GaviidaeDivers, Loons15Holarctic
ProcellariiformesProcellariidaeAlbertrosses, Petrels, Shearwaters etc.24115Worldwide
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