Resources

Books

Campbell, B., and E. Lack. A Dictionary of Birds. Calton, United Kingdom: T & AD Poyser, 1985.

del Hoyo, Josep, Andrew Elliott, and Jordi Sargatal, eds. "Order Coraciiformes." In Handbook of Birds of the World. Vol. 6, Mousebirds to Hornbills. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions, 2001.

Fry, C.H., and K. Fry. Kingfishers, Bee-eaters & Rollers.

Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1992.

Kemp, A.C. Birds Families of the World. Hornbills: Bucerotiformes. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Sibley, C.G., and J.E. Ahlquist. Phylogeny and Classification of Birds: A Study in Molecular Evolution. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1990.

Periodicals

Burton, P.K.J. "Anatomy and Evolution of the Feeding Apparatus in the Avian Order Coraciiformes and Piciformes." Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) 47, no. 6 (1984): 1-113.

Johansson, U.S., T.J. Parsons, M. Irestedt, and P.G.P. Ericson. "Clades within the 'Higher Land Birds,' Evaluated by Nuclear DNA Sequences." Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 39 (2001): 37-51.

Organizations

Coraciiformes Taxon Advisory Group. Web site: <http://www .coraciiformestag.com>

Alan C. Kemp, PhD

Class Aves Order Coraciiformes Suborder Alcidines Family Alcedinidae

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Small to medium-sized birds with a large head, long pointed bill, compact body, short neck, and small weak feet; plumage often black, white, or reddish, with areas of iridescent blue or green; bill and feet often black or bright red, orange, or yellow when adult; iris usually dark brown; flight fast and direct on rounded wings with short tail, but central tail feathers elongated in some species

Size

Number of genera, species

14 genera; 91 species

Habitat

Wide range of wooded or aquatic habitats, from arid savanna to dense rainforest or from sea coast to high mountain streams

Conservation status

Endangered: 1 species; Vulnerable: 11 species; Near Threatened: 12 species. Most populations face local threats to their habitat from logging of tropical forests, pollution of waterways, and development of oceanic islands

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