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Perching bird

Perching birds
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Families
 Acanthisittidae[?]
 Aegithalidae
 Alaudidae
 Bombycillidae
 Callaeidae[?]
 Cardinalidae
 Certhidae
 Cinclidae
 Cisticolidae
 Climacteridae[?]
 Conopophagidae[?]
 Corvidae
 Eurylaimidae[?]
 Formicariidae[?]
 Fringillidae
 Furnariidae[?]
 Hirundinidae
 Hypocoliidae
 Irenidae[?]
 Laniidae
 Maluridae
 Melanocharitidae[?]
 Meliphagidae
 Menuridae
 Monarchidae[?]
 Muscicapidae
 Nectariniidae[?]
 Orthonychidae[?]
 Pachycephalidae[?]
 Paramythiidae[?]
 Pardalotidae
 Paridae
 Passeridae
 Petroicidae
 Peucedramidae[?]
 Philepittidae[?]
 Picathartidae[?]
 Pittidae
 Pomatostomidae[?]
 Prunellidae
 Ptilonorhynchidae[?]
 Pycnonotidae
 Regulidae
 Rhinocryptidae[?]
 Rhipiduridae[?]
 Sittidae
 Sturnidae
 Sylviidae
 Thamnophilidae[?]
 Timaliidae[?]
 Tyrannidae[?]
 Vireonidae
 Zosteropidae[?] (Zosterops)
Menurae
 Atrichornithidae[?]
Tyranni
 Cotingidae[?]
 Dendrocolapteridae[?]
 Phytotomidae[?]
 Pipridae[?]
 Xenicidae[?]
Oscines
 Artamidae[?]
 Callaeidae[?]
 Campephagidae[?]
 Chamaeidae[?]
 Coerebidae[?]
 Cracticidae[?]
 Dicaeidae[?]
 Dicruridae[?]
 Drepanididae[?]
 Dulidae[?]
 Emberizidae
 Estrildidae[?]
 Grallinidae[?]
 Icteridae
 Mimidae
 Motacillidae
 Oriolidae
 Paradisaeidae
 Parulidae
 Ploceidae[?]
 Prunellidae
 Ptilogonatidae[?]
 Remizidae
 Rhabdornithidae
 Thraupidae
 Trenidae[?]
 Troglodytidae
 Turdidae
 Vangidae
Perching birds (order Passeriformes) are the largest order of birds (5,414 species). Many of them are songbirds and have many muscles to control their syrinx; all of them gape in the nest as infants to beg for food.

The order is divided into four suborders, Eurylami, Menurae, Tyranni, and Oscines, one of the first three of which is also called Clamatores. Oscines have the most control of their syrinx muscles and are true songbirds (though some of them, such as the crow, do not sound like it).

Perching birds are also known as passerines or song birds.

Most passerines are smaller than typical members of other avian orders.

The group gets its name from the Latin name for the House sparrow, Passer domesticus

See also list of birds

Reference

ITIS 178265 (http://www.itis.usda.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=178265)
as of 2002-07-25



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