Belongs within: Falconidae. The Polyborinae includes the caracaras of South and southern North America. Caracaras are relatively long-legged falcons that often feed as scavengers. They have more or less extensive areas of bare reddish skin on the face around the base of the bill. The concerns of caracaras Published 20 May 2024 Falcons are typically… Continue reading Polyborinae


Belongs within: Psittacidae. Little green parrots Published 19 March 2024 The continent of South America is justly renowned for its parrots. The Neotropics are home to an abundance of parrot species, all of them now recognised as belonging to the subfamily Arinae. Among the most famous of the arines are their larger representatives, such as… Continue reading Brotogeris


Belongs within: Picinae. Dryocopus is a genus of medium-sized to large, predominantly black woodpeckers with a red crown found in Eurasia and the Americas. Claimants to the crown Published 22 January 2024 Woodpeckers are among the most recognisable birds of northern temperate forests. Songs have been written about them, cartoons have featured them prominently, proverbs… Continue reading Dryocopus


Belongs within: Psittaciformes.Contains: Micropsitta, Prioniturus, Eclectus, Psittacula, Alisterus, Platycercini, Psittacella, Loriinae, Agapornis, Loriculus. The Psittaculidae are a clade of brightly coloured parrots united by molecular data. The greater diversity of species are found in southern Asia and Australasia with the genus Agapornis found in Africa. The tail may be particularly long in species of the… Continue reading Psittaculidae


Belongs within: Accipitridae. Haliaeetus, the sea eagles, is a genus of large eagles found in the Old World and North America that feed predominantly on fish; species commonly have white heads, white tails and/or yellow beaks and feet. Eagles of the sea Published 28 November 2023 The bald eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus may have a claim… Continue reading Haliaeetus


Belongs within: Telluraves.Contains: Cacatuidae, Psittacidae, Psittaculidae. The Psittaciformes, including the parrots and their fossil relatives, are zygodactyl birds of which living species possess a robust bill specialised for breaking open seeds and nuts. Known stem parrots from the Eocene of Europe and India include the Quercypsittidae and Psittacopes lepidus. Psittacopes lepidus, from the Messel Formation… Continue reading Psittaciformes


Belongs within: Coraciiformes. The Coracioidea, rollers, are stoutly built, medium-sized birds with a robust beak. The clade is characterised by a well-developed processus intermetacarpalis on the carpometacarpus and, at least in living species, a short projection on the cranial side of the processus postorbitalis (Mayr & Mourer-Chauviré 2000). <==CoracioideaMM-C00 | i. s.: Laputavis Dyke 2001M09,… Continue reading Coracioidea


Belongs within: Alcedinidae. Alcedo is an Old World genus of specialist fish-hunting kingfishers with blue upperparts. <==Alcedo Linnaeus 1758M02 | i. s.: A. caeruleocephalaD66 | A. dea Linnaeus 1758L58 | A. erithaca Linnaeus 1758L58 | A. ispida Linnaeus 1758L58 [=A. atthis ispidaB94] | A. rudis Linnaeus 1758L58 | A. todus Linnaeus 1758L58 | A. torquataB41… Continue reading Alcedo


Belongs within: Strigidae. Strix is a genus of medium-sized to very large owls lacking external ear-tufts, found widely in Eurasia, Africa and the Americas. The tawny owl S. aluco is a medium-sized species that is widespread across the western Palaearctic. <==Strix Linnaeus 1758CC10 [incl. Ptynx Blyth 1840B94, Syrnium Savigny 1809B94, Ulula Cuvier 1816B94; Syrniinae, Ululinae]… Continue reading Strix


Belongs within: Coraciimorphae.Contains: Coracioidea, Alcedines. The Coraciiformes are a clade of insectivorous or carnivorous birds supported by molecular analysis. Members of this group exhibit syndactyly (fusion) of at least part of the length of the third and fourth toes. They include the Meropidae, bee-eaters, which are slender, colourful birds with long, acute, down-curved bills found… Continue reading Coraciiformes