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The taxonomy for birds used on this website is based on Frank Gill, Minturn Wright and David Donsker's "IOC World Bird Names" list. For those who might be interested, additional information on this list can be found at www.worldbirdnames.org. Whilst we have tried to stay in line with this list as far as possible, there are a few minor amendments which we have made based on information gleaned from elsewhere.

This website is regularly updated with new photos (both improvements on existing species as well as additional species not featured before) and, where there have been updates, an indication will be given next to the link below.

Currently, the birds section is made up of 161 families (out of a possible 234 families) comprising a total of 2076 species and an additional 423 subspecies. (2498 taxa in total)
 
Tinamidae  -  Tinamous
(1 species - 1 taxon)
 
  Struthionidae  -  Ostriches
(1 species - 2 taxa)
 
  Rheidae  -  Rheas
(2 species - 2 taxa)
 
  Megapodiidae  -  Megapodes
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
  Cracidae  -  Chachalacas, Curassows and Guans
(5 species - 5 taxa)
     
  Numididae  -  Guineafowl
(3 species - 5 taxa)
     
  Odontophoridae  -  New World Quails
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
Phasianidae   -  Pheasants, Fowl and Allies
(26 species - 29 taxa)
     
  Anseranatidae  -  Magpie Goose
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
Anatidae  -  Ducks, Geese and Swans
(62 species - 67 taxa)
     
  Spheniscidae  -  Penguins
(10 species - 11 taxa)
     
Diomedeidae  -  Albatrosses
(12 species - 12 taxa)
     
Procellariidae  -  Petrels and Shearwaters
(24 species - 24 taxa)
     
  Hydrobatidae  -  Storm Petrels
(3 species - 4 taxa)
     
Pelecanoididae  -  Diving Petrels
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
Podicipedidae  -  Grebes
(8 species - 9 taxa)
     
  Phoenicopteridae  -  Flamingos
(4 species - 4 taxa)
     
  Phaethontidae   -  Tropicbirds
(2 species - 3 taxa)
     
  Ciconiidae   -  Storks
(12 species - 13 taxa)
     
Threskiornithidae  -  Ibises and Spoonbills
(18 species - 19 taxa)
     
Ardeidae   -  Herons and Bitterns
(34 species - 45 taxa)
     
  Scopidae   -  Hamerkop
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
  Balaenicipitidae   -  Shoebill
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
Pelecanidae   -  Pelicans
(4 species - 5 taxa)
     
  Fregatidae   -  Frigatebirds
(3 species - 3 taxa)
     
  Sulidae   -  Gannets and Boobies
(5 species - 6 taxa)
     
Phalacrocoracidae   -  Cormorants and Shags
(16 species - 16 taxa)
     
  Anhingidae   -  Anhingas and Darters
(2 species - 2 taxa)
     
  Cathartidae   -  New World Vultures
(5 species - 6 taxa)
     
  Sagittariidae   -  Secretarybird
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
Pandionidae   -  Ospreys
(1 species - 2 taxa)
     
Accipitridae   -  Hawks, Eagles and Kites
(88 species - 100 taxa)
     
Falconidae   -  Falcons and Caracaras
(25 species - 31 taxa)
     
  Otididae   -  Bustards
(13 species - 16 taxa)
     
  Sarothruridae  -  Flufftails
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
  Heliornithidae   -  Finfoots
(2 species - 3 taxa)
     
Rallidae   -  Rails, Crakes and Coots
(31 species - 33 taxa)
     
  Gruidae   -  Cranes
(3 species - 4 taxa)
     
Aramidae   -  Limpkin
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
Burhinidae   -  Stone-curlews and Thick-knees
(5 species - 5 taxa)
     
  Chionididae   -  Sheathbills
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
Haemotopodidae   -  Oystercatchers
(7 species - 7 taxa)
     
  Dromadidae   -  Crab Plover
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
  Recurvirostridae   -  Stilts and Avocets
(6 species - 6 taxa)
     
Charadriidae   -  Plovers
(33 species - 39 taxa)
     
Rostratulidae   -  Painted Snipes
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
  Jacanidae   -  Jacanas
(5 species - 6 taxa)
     
  Thinocoridae   -  Seedsnipes
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
Scolopacidae   -  Sandpipers and Snipes
(45 species - 51 taxa)
     
Glareolidae   -  Coursers and Pratincoles
(9 species - 11 taxa)
     
Laridae   -  Gulls, Terns and Skimmers
(48 species - 59 taxa)
     
Stercorariidae   -  Skuas
(6 species - 7 taxa)
     
  Alcidae   -  Auks
(3 species - 3 taxa)
     
  Pteroclidae   -  Sandgrouse
(3 species - 4 taxa)
     
  Columbidae   -  Pigeons and Doves
(49 species - 62 taxa)
     
  Cacatuidae   -  Cockatoos
(2 species - 2 taxa)
     
  Psittacidae   -  Parrots
(36 species - 38 taxa)
     
  Opisthocomidae   -  Hoatzin
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
  Musophagidae   -  Turacos
(11 species - 14 taxa)
     
Cuculidae   -  Cuckoos
(31 species - 35 taxa)
     
  Tytonidae   -  Barn Owls
(2 species - 2 taxa)
     
  Strigidae   -  Owls
(20 species - 22 taxa)
     
  Nyctibiidae   -  Potoos
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
Caprimulgidae   -  Nightjars
(12 species - 13 taxa)
     
Hemiprocnidae   -  Treeswifts
(2 species - 2 taxa)
     
Apodidae   -  Swifts
(20 species - 26 taxa)
     
  Trochilidae   -  Hummingbirds
(61 species - 65 taxa)
     
  Coliidae   -  Mousebirds
(4 species - 10 taxa)
     
  Trogonidae   -  Trogons
(8 species - 11 taxa)
     
  Coraciidae   -  Rollers
(8 species - 10 taxa)
     
Alcedinidae   -  Kingfishers
(21 species - 28 taxa)
     
  Momotidae   -  Motmots
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
  Meropidae   -  Bee-eaters
(17 species - 20 taxa)
     
  Upupidae   -  Hoopoes
(2 species - 3 taxa)
     
  Phoeniculidae   -  Wood-hoopoes
(7 species - 10 taxa)
     
Bucerotidae   -  Hornbills
(18 species - 20 taxa)
     
  Bucorvidae   -  Ground Hornbills
(2 species - 2 taxa)
     
  Gabulidae   -  Jacamars
(4 species - 5 taxa)
     
  Bucconidae   -  Puffbirds
(4 species - 4 taxa)
     
  Capitonidae   -  New World Barbets
(2 species - 2 taxa)
     
  Semnornithidae   -  Toucan Barbets
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
Rhamphastidae   -  Toucans
(13 species - 13 taxa)
     
Megalaimidae   -  Asian Barbets
(8 species - 8 taxa)
     
Lybiidae   -  African Barbets
(19 species - 22 taxa)
     
Indicatoridae   -  Honeyguides
(4 species - 5 taxa)
     
Picidae   -  Woodpeckers
(36 species - 47 taxa)
     
  Funariidae   -  Ovenbirds
(37 species - 41 taxa)
     
  Thamnophilidae   -  Antbirds
(10 species - 10 taxa)
     
  Formicaridae   -  Antthrushes
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
  Grallariidae   -  Antpittas
(3 species - 3 taxa)
     
  Rhinocryptidae   -  Tapaculos
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
  Tyrannidae   -  Tyrant Flycatchers
(68 species - 81 taxa)
     
  Cotingidae   -  Cotingas
(8 species - 9 taxa)
     
  Pipridae   -  Manakins
(5 species - 5 taxa)
     
  Tityridae   -  Tityras and Becards
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
  Ptilonorhynchidae   -  Bowerbirds
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
  Meliphagidae   -  Honeyeaters
(4 species - 4 taxa)
     
  Acanthizidae   -  Australasian Warblers
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
  Notiomystidae   -  Stitchbird
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
  Platysteiridae   -  Wattle-eyes and Batises
(10 species - 11 taxa)
     
Tephrodornithdae   -  Woodshrikes and Allies
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
Prionopidae   -  Helmet-shrikes
(2 species - 2 taxa)
     
  Malaconotidae   -  Bush-shrikes
(23 species - 32 taxa)
     
  Cracticidae   -  Butcherbirds
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
  Artamidae   -  Woodswallows
(2 species - 2 taxa)
     
  Campephagidae   -  Cuckoo-shrikes
(11 species - 13 taxa)
     
  Laniidae   -  Shrikes
(16 species - 24 taxa)
     
  Vireonidae   -  Vireos and Greenlets
(2 species - 2 taxa)
     
Oriolidae   -  Figbirds and Orioles
(6 species - 7 taxa)
     
Dicruridae   -  Drongos
(7 species - 12 taxa)
     
  Rhipiduridae   -  Fantails
(3 species - 4 taxa)
     
  Monarchidae   -  Monarchs
(6 species - 8 taxa)
     
  Corvidae   -  Crows and Jays
(25 species - 27 taxa)
     
  Paradisaeidae   -  Birds of Paradise
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
Chaetopidae   -  Rockjumpers
(2 species - 2 taxa)
     
  Stenostiridae   -  Fairy Flycatchers
(5 species - 6 taxa)
     
Paridae   -  Tits and Chickadees
(14 species - 18 taxa)
     
Remizidae   -  Penduline Tits
(2 species - 4 taxa)
     
Panuridae   -  Bearded Reedling
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
  Nicatoridae   -  Nicators
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
Alaudidae   -  Larks
(37 species - 59 taxa)
     
  Pycnonotidae   -  Bulbuls
(35 species - 47 taxa)
     
  Hirundinidae   -  Swallow and Martins
(31 species - 36 taxa)
     
Macrosphenidae   -  Crombecs and African Warblers
(8 species - 13 taxa)
     
  Cettiidae   -  Cettia bush warblers and allies
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
Aegithalidae   -  Bushtits
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
Phylloscopidae   -  Leaf Warblers and Allies
(11 species - 11 taxa)
     
  Acrocephalidae   -  Reed Warblers and Allies
(9 species - 11 taxa)
     
Megaluridae   -  Grassbirds and Allies
(6 species - 6 taxa)
     
  Donacobiidae   -  Black-capped Donacobius
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
Cisticolidae   -  Cisticolas and Allies
(49 species - 74 taxa)
     
  Timaliidae   -  Babblers and Scimitar Babblers
(2 species - 3 taxa)
     
  Pellorneidae   -  Fulvettas and Ground Babblers
(8 species - 9 taxa)
     
  Leiothrichidae   -  Laughingthrushes and Babblers
(27 species - 29 taxa)
     
  Sylviidae   -  Sylviid Babblers and Parrotbills
(9 species - 13 taxa)
     
  Zosteropidae   -  White-eyes
(7 species - 10 taxa)
     
Promeropidae   -  Sugarbirds
(2 species - 2 taxa)
     
  Irenidae   -  Fairy-bluebirds
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
  Troglodytidae   -  Wrens
(16 species - 18 taxa)
     
  Polioptilidae   -  Gnatcatchers
(3 species - 3 taxa)
     
  Sittidae   -  Nuthatches
(2 species - 3 taxa)
     
  Mimidae   -  Mockingbirds and Thrashers
(5 species - 5 taxa)
     
  Sturnidae   -  Starlings and Allies
(28 species - 31 taxa)
     
Buphagidae   -  Oxpeckers
(2 species - 2 taxa)
     
Turdidae   -  Thrushes
(27 species - 34 taxa)
     
Muscicapidae   -  Old World Flycatchers and Chats
(85 species - 111 taxa)
     
Cinclidae   -  Dippers
(2 species - 2 taxa)
     
Chloropseidae   -  Leafbirds
(3 species - 3 taxa)
     
Dicaeidae   -  Flowerpeckers
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
Nectariniidae   -  Sunbirds
(33 species - 40 taxa)
     
  Passeridae   -  Old World Sparrows and Allies
(17 species - 24 taxa)
     
  Ploceidae   -  Weavers and Widowbirds
(38 species - 48 taxa)
     
Estrildidae   -  Waxbills, Munias and Allies
(31 species - 37 taxa)
     
  Viduidae   -  Indigobirds and Whydahs
(7 species - 8 taxa)
     
Prunellidae   -  Accentors
(1 species - 1 taxon)
     
Motacillidae   -  Wagtails and Pipits
(31 species - 43 taxa)
     
  Fringillidae   -  Finches and Allies
(34 species - 44 taxa)
     
  Parulidae   -  New World Warblers
(19 species - 22 taxa)
     
  Icteridae   -  Oropendolas, Orioles and Blackbirds
(22 species - 24 taxa)
     
  Coerebidae   -  Bananaquit
(1 species - 2 taxa)
     
Emberizidae   -  Buntings, New World Sparrows and Allies
(21 species - 30 taxa)
     
  Thraupidae   -  Tanagers and Allies
(80 species - 92 taxa)
     
  Cardinalidae   -  Cardinals, Grosbeaks, Saltators and Allies
(5 species - 6 taxa)