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Neotropical Bird Club. c/o The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL United Kingdom. E-mail: [email protected]

Daniel M. Brooks, PhD

Class Aves Order Coraciiformes Suborder Alcedines Family Meropidae

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Small to medium-sized, active, colorful, sociable birds with long, slender, decurved bills and a characteristic upright, alert posture when perched


Number of genera, species

3 genera; 24 species (22 species recognized by some taxonomists)


Savanna, open woodlands, and desert-scrub, rarely forests

Conservation status

Not threatened

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