List of birds by common name

In this list of birds by common name, a total of 9,722 extant and recently extinct bird species are recognised, belonging to a total of 204 families.

Pardalotus with nesting material
A striated pardalote collecting nesting material in its beak on a garden fence.

Tinamiformes (tinamous)

Tinamidae (tinamous)

Struthioniformes (ostriches)

Struthionidae (ostriches)

Rheiformes (rheas)

Rheidae (rheas)

Casuariiformes (cassowaries and emu)

Casuariidae (cassowaries)

Dromaiidae (emu)

Apterygiformes (kiwis)

Apterygidae (kiwis)

Anseriformes (waterfowl)

Anhimidae (screamers)

Rostgans
A ruddy shelduck wandering across the grass

Anseranatidae (magpie goose)

Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)

Galliformes (game birds)

Male Indian Blue Peacock head
The head of a male Indian peafowl

Megapodiidae (megapodes)

Cracidae (chachalacas, curassows, and guans)

Numididae (guineafowl)

Odontophoridae (New World quail)

Phasianidae (Pheasants, turkeys, francolin, and allies)

Gaviiformes (loons)

Gaviidae (loons)

Sphenisciformes (penguins)

Spheniscidae (penguins)

Procellariformes (typical seabirds)

Oceanitidae (Austral storm petrels)

Diomedeidae (albatrosses)

Hydrobatidae (Northern storm petrels)

Procellariidae (petrels and shearwaters)

Pelecanoididae (diving petrels)

Podicipediformes (grebes)

Podicipedidae (grebes)

Phoenicopteriformes (flamingos)

Phoenicopteridae (flamingos)

Phaethontiformes (tropicbirds)

Phaethontidae (tropicbirds)

Ciconiiformes (storks)

Ciconiidae (storks)

Wood Storks
Wood storks on the Smith Canal near the St. Johns River in Florida

Pelecaniformes (ibises, herons, pelicans, and allies)

Threskiornithidae (ibises and spoonbills)

Ardeidae (herons)

Scopidae (Hamerkop)

Balaenicipitidae (Shoebill)

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A pelican somewhere in France

Pelecanidae (Pelicans)

Suliformes (frigatebirds, sulids, cormorants, and allies)

Fregatidae (frigatebirds)

Sulidae (gannets and boobies)

Phalacrocoracidae (cormorants and shags)

Anhingidae (darters)

Accipitriformes (vultures, hawks, eagles, and allies)

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A brown falcon in flight display somewhere in South-east Australia
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A male harpy eagle at Parque das Aves, Brazil

Cathartidae (New World vultures)

Sagittariidae (secretarybird)

Pandionidae (ospreys)

Accipitridae (kites, hawks, eagles, and allies)

Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)

Otidiformes (bustards)

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A tsuru at the Ueno Zoo, Tokyo

Otididae (bustards)

Mesitornithiformes (mesites)

Mesitornithidae (mesites)

Cariamiformes (seriemas)

Cariamidae (seriemas)

Eurypygiformes (kagu and sunbittern)

Rhynochetidae (kagu)

Eurypygidae (sunbittern)

Gruiformes (rails, coots, cranes, and allies)

Sarothruridae (flufftails)

Heliornithidae (finfoots)

Rallidae (coots, crakes, and rails)

Psophiidae (trumpeters)

Gruidae (cranes)

Aramidae (limpkin)

Charadriiformes (buttonquail, waders, gulls, alcids, and allies)

Turnicidae (buttonquail)

Burhinidae (thick-knees and stone-curlews)

Chionidae (sheathbills)

Pluvianellidae (magellanic plover)

Haematopodidae (oystercatchers)

Dromadidae (crab-plover)

Ibidorhynchidae (ibisbill)

Recurvirostridae (avocets and stilts)

Charadriidae (lapwings and plovers)

Pluvianidae (Egyptian plover)

Rostratulidae (painted-snipes)

Jacanidae (jacanas)

Pedionomidae (plains-wanderer)

Thinocoridae (seedsnipes)

Scolopacidae (sandpipers)

Glareolidae (coursers and pratincoles)

Laridae (gulls, terns, and allies)

Stercorariidae (skuas)

Alcidae (auks)

Pterocliformes (sandgrouse)

Pteroclidae (sandgrouse)

Columbiformes (pigeons, doves, and allies)

Columbidae (pigeons, doves, and allies)

Opisthocomiformes (hoatzin)

Opisthocomidae (hoatzin)

Musophagiformes (turacos)

Musophagidae (turacos)

Cuculiformes (cuckoos and allies)

Cuculidae (cuckoos and allies)

Strigiformes (owls)

Tytonidae (barn owls)

Strigidae (typical owls)

Caprimulgiformes (nightjars and allies)

Podargidae (frogmouths)

Steatornithidae (oilbird)

Nyctibiidae (potoos)

Caprimulgidae (nightjars)

Apodiformes (swifts, hummingbirds, and allies)

Aegothelidae (owlet-nightjars)

Hemiprocnidae (treeswifts)

Apodidae (swifts)

Trochilidae (hummingbirds)

Coliiformes (mousebirds)

Coliidae (mousebirds)

Trogoniformes (trogons)

Trogonidae (trogons)

Leptosomiformes (cuckoo roller)

Leptosomidae (cuckoo roller)

Coraciiformes (kingfishers and allies)

Coraciidae (rollers)

Brachypteraciidae (ground rollers)

Alcedinidae (kingfishers)

Todidae (todies)

Motmotidae (motmots)

Meropidae (bee-eaters)

Bucerotiformes (hoopoes, hornbills, and allies)

Upupidae (typical hoopoes)

Phoeniculidae (wood hoopoes)

Bucorvidae (ground hornbills)

Bucerotidae (typical hornbills)

Piciformes (Woodpeckers, toucans, and allies)

Gabulidae (jacamars)

Bucconidae (puffbirds)

Capitonidae (New World barbets)

Semnornithidae (toucan barbets)

Ramphastidae (toucans)

Megalaimidae (Asian barbets)

Indicatoridae (honeyguides)

Picidae (wrynecks, piculets, and woodpeckers)

Passerines

Acanthisittidae (New Zealand wrens)

Eurylaimidae (broadbills)

Asities

Pittas

Manakins

Cotingas

Tyrant flycatchers

Antbirds

Gnateaters

Tapaculos

Antpittas and antthrushes

Ovenbirds

Woodcreepers

Lyrebirds

Bowerbirds

Scrubbirds

Australasian treecreepers

Australasian wrens

Honeyeaters

Bristlebirds

Pardalotes

Thornbills and gerygones

Australasian babblers

Logrunners

Satinbirds

Berrypeckers

Wattled crows

Whipbirds and relatives

Quail-thrushes

Wattle-eyes and batises

Helmetshrikes and puffbacks

Boatbills

Vangas

Butcherbirds

Woodswallows

Ioras

Bristleheads

Cuckooshrikes

Sittellas

Shrike-tits

Whistlers

Shrikes

Vireos and relatives

Orioles

Shrikethrushes and relatives

Drongos

Fantails

Monarchs

Crows and jays

Mudnesters

Birds-of-paradise

Australian robins

Bald crows

Waxwings and relatives

Palmchat

True tits

Penduline tits

Bushtits

Swallows and martins

Larks

Cisticolas

Bulbuls

Old World warblers

Babblers and relatives

White-eyes

Fairy-bluebirds

Goldcrests

Wrens

Gnatcatchers

Nuthatches

Treecreepers

Mockingbirds and thrashers

Philippine creepers

Starlings

Thrushes

Chats and flycatchers

Dippers

Leafbirds

Flowerpeckers

Sunbirds

Sugarbirds

Old World sparrows

Rock sparrows

Snowfinches (sparrows)

Weavers

Waxbills and relatives

Whydahs

Wagtails and pipits

Accentors

Finches and relatives

New World warblers

New World blackbirds

Bananaquit

Bunting and American sparrows

Tanagers

Cardinals and grosbeaks

See also

References

  • National Audubon Society; BirdLife International (2007). Bird: the definitive visual guide (1st American ed.). New York: DK Pub. ISBN 9781405306331.

External links

List of birds

This page lists living orders and families of birds. The links below should then lead to family accounts and hence to individual species.

The passerines (perching birds) alone account for well over 5000 species. In total there are about 10,000 species of birds described worldwide, though one estimate of the real number places it at almost twice that.

Taxonomy is very fluid in the age of DNA analysis, so comments are made where appropriate, and all numbers are approximate. In particular see Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy for a very different classification.

Lists of birds by region

The following are the regional bird lists by continent. Some are full species lists, others, particularly continental lists, have just the families.

For another list see Category:Lists of birds by location

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