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.
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.
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.
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.