Nonpasserines

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_ the world, including all the larger ones, belong to the 98 non-passerine families. The non-passerines occupy a varied range of habitats and include birds of fresh water and the sea, birds that arc almost permanently airborne, flightless birds, species that dwell on the ground, and some that arc adapted to perching in trees or bushes.

Non-passerines often build very simple nests, or the eggs may be laid on bare ground or rock. The young arc helpless in some species, but in others they arc downcovered, active chicks that can run and feed themselves almost from hatching. Non-passerincs vary in voice, but few produce the complicated and musical songs typical of many passerine birds.

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