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This list of bird families is based on the IOC WorldBirdNames classification ver 2.10 (2011), Please note that some families have not been shown (especially South American exclusives)

Family (English) Family (Scientific)

  1. Cassowaries Casuariidae
  2. Emu Dromaiidae
  3. Kiwis Apterygidae
  4. Megapodes Megapodiidae
  5. Pheasants, Fowl & Allies Phasianidae
  6. Magpie Goose Anseranatidae
  7. Ducks, Geese & Swans Anatidae
  8. Penguins Spheniscidae
  9. Albatrosses Diomedeidae
  10. Petrels, Shearwaters Procellariidae
  11. Storm Petrels Hydrobatidae
  12. Diving Petrels Pelecanoididae
  13. Grebes Podicipedidae
  14. Tropicbirds Phaethontidae
  15. Storks Ciconiidae
  16. Ibises, Spoonbills Threskiornithidae
  17. Herons, Bitterns Ardeidae
  18. Pelicans Pelecanidae
  19. Frigatebirds Fregatidae
  20. Gannets, Boobies Sulidae
  21. Cormorants, Shags Phalacrocoracidae
  22. Anhingas, Darters Anhingidae
  23. Ospreys Pandionidae
  24. Kites, Hawks & Eagles Accipitridae
  25. Falcons, Caracaras Falconidae
  26. Bustards Otididae
  27. Kagu Rhynochetidae
  28. Rails, Crakes & Coots Rallidae
  29. Cranes Gruidae
  30. Buttonquail Turnicidae
  31. Stone-curlews, Thick-knees Burhinidae
  32. Sheathbills Chionidae
  33. Oystercatchers Haematopodidae
  34. Crab-plover Dromadidae
  35. Ibisbill Ibidorhynchidae
  36. Stilts, Avocets Recurvirostridae
  37. Plovers Charadriidae
  38. Painted Snipes Rostratulidae
  39. Jacanas Jacanidae
  40. Plains-wanderer Pedionomidae
  41. Sandpipers, Snipes Scolopacidae
  42. Coursers, Pratincoles Glareolidae
  43. Gulls, Terns & Skimmers Laridae
  44. Skuas Stercorariidae
  45. Auks Alcidae
  46. Pigeons, Doves Columbidae
  47. New Zealand Parrots Strigopidae
  48. Cockatoos Cacatuidae
  49. Parrots Psittacidae
  50. Cuckoos Cuculidae
  51. Barn Owls Tytonidae
  52. Owls Strigidae
  53. Frogmouths Podargidae
  54. Nightjars Caprimulgidae
  55. Owlet-nightjars Aegothelidae
  56. Treeswifts Hemiprocnidae
  57. Swifts Apodidae
  58. Trogons Trogonidae
  59. Rollers Coraciidae
  60. Kingfishers Alcedinidae
  61. Bee-eaters Meropidae
  62. Hoopoes Upupidae
  63. Hornbills Bucerotidae
  64. Asian Barbets Megalaimidae
  65. African Barbets Lybiidae
  66. Honeyguides Indicatoridae
  67. Woodpeckers Picidae
  68. New Zealand Wrens Acanthisittidae
  69. Broadbills Eurylaimidae
  70. Pittas Pittidae
  71. Lyrebirds Menuridae
  72. Scrubbirds Atrichornithidae
  73. Bowerbirds Ptilonorhynchidae
  74. Australasian Treecreepers Climacteridae
  75. Australasian Wrens Maluridae
  76. Honeyeaters Meliphagidae
  77. Bristlebirds Dasyornithidae
  78. Pardalotes Pardalotidae
  79. Australasian Warblers Acanthizidae
  80. Family Uncertain2 Incertae Sedis2
  81. Australasian Babblers Pomatostomidae
  82. Logrunners Orthonychidae
  83. Satinbirds Cnemophilidae
  84. Berrypeckers, Longbills Melanocharitidae
  85. Painted Berrypeckers Paramythiidae
  86. New Zealand Wattlebirds Callaeidae
  87. Stitchbird Notiomystidae
  88. Whipbirds, Jewel-babblers, Quail-thrushes Psophodidae
  89. Boatbills Machaerirhynchidae
  90. Butcherbirds and Allies Cracticidae
  91. Woodswallows Artamidae
  92. Ioras Aegithinidae
  93. Cuckooshrikes Campephagidae
  94. Sittellas Neosittidae
  95. Family Uncertain3 Incertae Sedis3
  96. Whistlers and Allies Pachycephalidae
  97. Shrikes Laniidae
  98. Figbirds, Orioles Oriolidae
  99. Drongos Dicruridae
  100. Fantails Rhipiduridae
  101. Monarchs Monarchidae
  102. Crows, Jays Corvidae
  103. Australian Mudnesters Corcoracidae
  104. Family Uncertain4 Incertae Sedis4
  105. Birds-of-paradise Paradisaeidae
  106. Australasian Robins Petroicidae
  107. Hylocitrea Hylocitreidae
  108. Larks Alaudidae
  109. Bulbuls Pycnonotidae
  110. Swallows, Martins Hirundinidae
  111. Cettia bush warblers and allies Cettiidae
  112. Leaf warblers and allies Phylloscopidae
  113. Reed warblers and allies Acrocephalidae
  114. Grassbirds and allies Locustellidae
  115. Cisticolas and allies Cisticolidae
  116. White-eyes Zosteropidae
  117. Starlings, Rhabdornis Sturnidae
  118. Thrushes Turdidae
  119. Chats, Old World Flycatchers Muscicapidae
  120. Flowerpeckers Dicaeidae
  121. Sunbirds Nectariniidae
  122. Waxbills, Munias & Allies Estrildidae
  123. Wagtails, Pipits Motacillidae
  124. Finches Fringillidae

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  • Rob Ashdown Reply

    Great site Tom, fantastic work as always.

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