Bird Classification

This is an attempt to reflect the latest state of knowledge of high-level bird taxonomy. For the overall classification for Aves, I have included as my main sources two fairly recent DNA-based studies, one from Nature and one from Science:

Another good source, which I haven’t explored in depth yet, is the OneZoom Tree of Life Explorer for birds.

[Note MR 30/07/2018] More recently I’ve come across the Taxonomy in Flux Checklist 3.08 on, and intend to use the classification guidelines for a number of bird orders – Anseriformes, Charadriiformes, Accipitriformes and Passeriformes have been given the treatment. Other orders may follow in due course.

I’ve also added a British Bird List for comparison with the pictures I’ve got available for the blogs.

Superorder Palaeognathae

Superorder Neognathae

Taxon Galloanserae

Taxon Strisores

Taxon Columbaves

Taxon Gruiformes

Taxon Aequorlithornithes

Taxon Inopinaves


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