Landbird Photo Albums II

This the second of two photo albums group together bird families placed under several Aves orders, see Taxonomy note at the end of this page.

Each photo album includes at least one image gallery the first; will display bird portraits of individual species. I will also include juvenile, immature, male and female birds when I’ve photographed them. A second gallery supplements the first to feature images of behaviours such as hunting, nesting, feeding, or mating. I shot all the featured landbird images in their natural habitat, which include forest and woodland sometimes near water.

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus) at Bel Air National Park in South Australia

Parrots mainly occupy forests in the southern hemisphere; cockatoos are Australasian endemics that prefer forest and dry shrubland, while falcon habitat is varied and found in all regions except Antarctica.

Malay Hawk-cuckoo (Hierococcyx fugax) perched at Bidadari Cemetery Woodland in Singapore

Cuckoos are cosmopolitan birds that inhabit forest and woodlands. The gallery features species from Indomalaya, Australasia and Neotropic regions of the world.

White-chested Emerald Hummingbird (Amazilia brevirostris chionopectus) perched in Trinidad

Hummingbirds occupy a variety of habitats in the New World, and the featured hummingbird relatives include nightjars, potoos and the oilbird. A separated gallery displays behavioural and action photographs.

Galapagos Dove (Zenaida galapagoensis) on the ground at Espanola Island

A cosmopolitan bird family found in most terrestrial habitats. Distribution for each genus or some species may be widespread or limited to one small area.

Malay Crested Fireback (Lophura rufa) male at Taman Negara National Park in Malaysia

Landfowl habitat for some family members is wide-ranging but constrained for others. The flightless landbirds distribution is limited to the Australasian ecozone.

Landbird Photo Album II Taxonomy

The Aves orders assigned to each landbird photo album page follows that given in J Boyd’s Taxonomy in Flux Checklist.

Parrots and Cockatoos and Falcons form part of the Australaves clade. This clade includes Falconiformes (falcons) and two sister orders Psittaciformes (parrots) and Passeriformes (oscines and suboscines). About half the known species of landbirds are Passeriformes grouped into four-album collections, namely Basal Oscines, Passerida, Corvida, and Suboscines cover these orders.

Cuckoos feature in the next album these belong to Cuculiformes placed in superorder Otidimorphae.

Hummingbirds and Relatives album group together several orders that belong to Strisores clade which includes Caprimulgiformes (nightjars), Steatornithiformes (oilbird), Nyctibiiformes (potoos) and Apodiformes (hummingbirds).

Doves and Pigeons belong to the Columbiformes order.

Landfowl and Flightless Birds album contain Galliformes (landfowl) and Casuariiformes (cassowaries and emus). These are not related orders, but I’ve lumped them together as I have a limited number of species images for display. Galliformes (landfowl) is sister to Anseriformes (Waterfowl) see my waterbird albums for images.