Order: Caprimulgiformes   Family: Caprimulgidae. The members of this family are diverse in size and colouration, though those of genus Turdoides tend to be brown or greyish. Best Singing Birds In The World 1. They differ from the other swifts in that they have crests, long forked tails and softer plumage. Common Nightingale. The monarch flycatchers are small to medium-sized insectivorous passerines which hunt by flycatching. The following tags highlight several categories of occurrence other than regular migrants and residents. The males have black and dark-brown plumage, an erectile crest on the nape and a larger bill than the female. I enjoyed reading this detailed and powerful essay. Order: Accipitriformes   Family: Pandionidae. Recurvirostridae is a family of large wading birds, which includes the avocets and stilts. Falconidae is a family of diurnal birds of prey. [1], This list's taxonomic treatment (designation and sequence of orders, families and species) and nomenclature (English and scientific names) are those of The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World, 2019 edition.[2]. Gulls are typically grey or white, often with black markings on the head or wings. 3 Comments, _____________________________________________. From the common American robin to the brightly-colored blue jay, learn about their habitats and hear their bird songs. Order: Gruiformes   Family: Heliornithidae. They have long broad wings with "fingered" wingtips and striking patterns in flight. I knew as soon as I saw the round baby sitting on a porch, reaching for a kitten with eager hands, that I was looking at a snapshot of my father. My thoughts were some variant of, I’m in the shit. Instead, I stand to gaze out my window at the rising skyline of Boston, dotted with the magnificent cranes that defy mediocrity. Order: Passeriformes   Family: Hirundinidae. Characteristic features of parrots include a strong curved bill, an upright stance, strong legs, and clawed zygodactyl feet. Kinglets are another group of tiny songbirds represented by birds like the ruby-crowned kinglet and the golden-crowned kinglet---named for the colours that appear on the tops of their heads. The leafbirds are small, bulbul-like birds. I must have scrabbled around for something to mark my place, and tore a page off his scratch pad, not realizing he’d written on it. Order: Passeriformes   Family: Buphagidae. Learn where and how to spot the four species of nuthatches found in North America. Many have interesting mating displays. In North America this group includes the Arctic warbler, black-and-white warbler, yellow warbler, black-throated warbler, Bachman's warbler, pine warbler, prairie warbler, hooded warbler and others. Storks are large, long-legged, long-necked, wading birds with long, stout bills. The emberizids are a large family of passerine birds. Order: Charadriiformes   Family: Jacanidae. Sudden tears burned my eyes. The drongos are mostly black or dark grey in colour, sometimes with metallic tints. Anatidae includes the ducks and most duck-like waterfowl, such as geese and swans. The salty fish wasn’t anything like the Sicilian peasant food I had grown up on, and I detested having to use the outhouse. He might have described what he learned as yet another trauma, his having secretly overheard that he was, inexplicably, unwanted by his birth mother. Many are brightly coloured.