Passeriformes – Passerine
This dominant order represents 60% of birds sometimes known as perching birds or songbirds
These ‘perching birds’ are distinguished from other orders by the arrangement of their toes – three toes pointing forward and one backward – a physical characteristic that helps them perch on trees.
These birds are collectively small to medium-sized birds ranging in length anywhere from as small as 7.6 cm (3 inches) long to 1.4m (45 inches) in overall size. New world flycatchers are among the smallest in the order, while the heaviest include ravens and lyrebirds. The longest is the spectacular-looking Bird of Paradise with its lengthy tail feathers.
Other common birds of this order are house sparrows, swallows, cuckoos, bulbuls, and many thousand of others.
Families in this order
The world’s largest and most diverse zoological family of birds
This family of nectar-sipper replaces hummingbirds in the Old world
The family with the heaviest & smartest songbirds
Widespread medium-sized passerine birds often considered invasive species
Renowned for their vibrant and colorful plumage
Family of social, specialized nest builders songbirds with conical beaks
The family of tiny songbirds
The family of large warblers
Some males are just show-stoppers with their spectacular heavenly & unique appearance!
The family of true sparrows and relatives
Orioles of the warmer parts of the Old World
With their vibrant plumage, versatile feeding habits, and enchanting songs, they add a touch of color and charm to the avian world
Enigmatic ground-dwelling birds, blending into the forest floor and captivating with their unique calls
Their songs and calls, ranging from sweet and melodic to chirping and trilling, add a delightful chorus to the natural symphony
Deforestation poses a significant risk to these birds, diminishing their suitable habitats and disrupting their natural food sources
Stands out as a group of melodious songsters