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common name/description Family % Correct
ducks/geese/swans - worldwide (HUGE distribution), dorsoventrally compressed bill, pallmate, eclipse plumage, penisAnatidae
65%
falcons - worldwide, hooked bill with tomial tooth, pointed wingsFalconidae
65%
rails/coots/gallinules - wetlands worldwide, laterally compressed, rounded stuby wingsRallidae
65%
gulls/terns/skimmers - worldwide, ecologically and numerically importantLaridae
65%
hawks/eagles/kites/Old World vultures - worldwide, big family, hooked billAccipitridae
64%
pigeons/doves/Dodo/solitaire - worldwide, huge family, string flightColumbidae
64%
woodpeckers/wrynecks - worldwide, stiffened rectricesPicidae
64%
barn owls - worldwide, zygodactyl, distinct heart-shaped facial diskTytonidae
62%
typical owls - worldwide, zygodactyl, rodent dietStrigidae
62%
nightjars/poor-wills - worldwide, pectinate claw, nocturnal aerial insectivoresCaprimulgidae
61%
loons/divers - holarctic (Northern continents), tarsi laterally compressed, foot-propelled divers, monogamousGaviidae
60%
Osprey - worldwide, reversible 4th toe, fish specialistsPandionidae
59%
cranes - worldwide, long legs, elaborate courtshipGruidae
59%
cuckoos/anis - worldwide, zygodactyl, graduated tail, European spp. brood parasitesCuculidae
59%
plovers/lapwings - coastlines/grasslands worldwide, short thickened bill, biparental careCharadriidae
58%
trogons/quetzals - tropical forests worldwide, heterodactyl, wide gape, avacado specialistsTrogonidae
58%
pheasants/turkeys/grouse/Old World quail - worldwide, strong sexual selectionPhasianidae
57%
grebes - oceans and lakes worldwide, lobbed toes, foot propelled divers, laterally compressed tarsiPodicipedidae
57%
herons/bitterns/boat-bills - shores and marshes worldwide, semipalmate, pectinate claw, colonial breedersArdeidae
57%
pelicans - lakes, coastal waters worldwide, unfeathered gular pouchPelecanidae
57%
cormorants/shags - coasts/rivers/lakes worldwide, totipalmate, foot propelled diet, fish dietPhalacrocoracidae
57%
anhigas/darters - tropical freshwater, lack uropygial glandAnhingidae
57%
avocets/stilts - wetlands worldwide, long recurved bill, semipalmate, waders, flockingRecurvirostridae
57%
common name/description Family % Correct
auks/puffin/guillemots - holarctic ocean, wing propelled diversAlcidae
57%
swifts - worldwide, pamprodactyl, stiffened rectrices, wide gapeApodidae
57%
boobies/gannets - oceans worldwide, fish diet, incubate egg w/ vascularized totipalmate feetSulidae
56%
New World vultures - New World, unfeathered head, carrion diet, perforate nostrilsCathartidae
56%
sandpipers/phalaropes/curlews/woodcocks - worldwide coasts, long bill, diverse mating systemsScolopacidae
56%
parrots/macaws/parakeets - worldwide, zygodactyl, huge familyPsittacidae
56%
jacanas - aquatic tropical habitats worldwide, frontal shields, wing spurs, polyandrousJacanidae
55%
hummingbirds - New World, pamprodactyl, hover, kleptoparasitesTrochilidae
55%
kingfishers/kookaburras - aquatic worldwide, syndactyl, massive bill, fish eatersAlcedinidae
53%
storks - worldwide, semipalmateCiconiidae
52%
shearwaters/fulmars/petrels -worldwide, nostrils on top of bill, projectile vomitingProcellariidae
50%
storm-petrel - wordlwide, nocturnal, egg neglectHydrobatidae
50%
flamingos - tropical S. hemisphere, lamellate bill, related to grebesPhoenicopteridae
50%
frigatebirds - tropical oceans worldwide, totipalmate, males with large colorful gular pouchFregatidae
50%
oystercatchers - worldwide, laterally compressed bill, red feetHaematopodidae
50%
tropicbirds - tropical oceans, totipalmate, have nostrils yet diversPhaethontidae
49%
ibises/Spoonbill - worldwide, long curved or spatula billThreskiornithidae
49%
Limpkin - New World tropics/subtropics, twisted laterally compressed bill, snail dietAramidae
49%
New World quail - herbivorous, small notch in billOdontophoridae
48%
curassows/guans - New Word tropics, wattles, omnivoresCracidae
47%
albatrosses - worldwide, anisodactyl, palmate, nostrils on side of billDiomedeidae
47%
jaegers/skuas - polar oceans, aggressive predatorsStercorariidae
44%

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