The photographs presented on this website are classified according to the bird families.
The approach in the list suggested below is an attempt to blend traditional families with recent scholarship. The 'Handbook of the Birds of the World' series is doing a fine job of sorting out the basics of traditional families, and retaining the essential groups (e.g., the gulls, the terns, the skimmers) even when recent biochemical evidence shows they are more closely related to each other than are most families. Indeed this works very well for the field birdwatcher who is interesting in searching out a representative of each bird family in the world. 

When looking for a specific species, start either with the Non-passerine families or with the Passerine families
Click on one of the active blue links below to reach a specific family.

Most pictures presented here were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 990 / Swarowski AT80 HD combination as explained under the 'digiscoping' section, except eggs and nests taken with the Nikkor objective alone. For an easy dowmloading and optimal screen display, these pictures were saved in JPEG format (200 Kb or less). To obtain uncompressed files, please contact us. 

Here is a Monitor Calibration Scale. For the best picture display, first set the brightness of your screen until you are able to distinguish each step of the following scale.

Non-passerine Families
Struthionidae Ostrich Dromadidae Crab Plover
Rheidae Rheas Haematopodidae Oystercatchers
Casuariidae Cassowaries Ibidorhynchidae Ibisbill
Dromaiidae Emu Recurvirostridae Stilts & Avocets
Apterygidae Kiwis Burhinidae Thick-knees
Tinamidae Tinamous Glareolidae Coursers & Pratincoles
Spheniscidae Penguins Charadriidae Plovers
Gaviidae Loons Scolopacidae Sandpipers & Snipes
Podicipedidae Grebes Pedionomidae Plains-wanderer
Diomedeidae Albatrosses Thinocoridae Seedsnipe
Procellariidae Petrels & Shearwaters Chionidae Sheathbills
Hydrobatidae Storm-Petrels Stercorariidae Jaegers & Skuas
Pelecanoididae Diving-Petrels Laridae Gulls
Phaethontidae Tropicbirds Sternidae Terns
Pelecanidae Pelicans Rynchopidae Skimmers
Sulidae Boobies Alcidae Auks
Phalacrocoracidae Cormorants Pteroclidae Sandgrouse
Anhingidae Anhinga & Darters Columbidae Pigeons & Doves
Fregatidae Frigatebirds Cacatuidae Cockatoos
Ardeidae Herons Psittacidae Parrots
Scopidae Hamerkop Musophagidae Turacos & Allies
Balaenicipitidae Shoebill Cuculidae Cuckoos, Coucals & Anis
Ciconiidae Storks Tytonidae Barn & Grass Owls
Threskiornithidae Ibises Strigidae Typical Owls
Phoenicopteridae Flamingos Steatornithidae Oilbird
Anhimidae Screamers Podargidae Frogmouths
Anatidae Swans, Geese & Ducks Aegothelidae Owlet-Nightjars
Cathartidae New World Vultures Nyctibiidae Potoos
Pandionidae Osprey Caprimulgidae Nightjars & Allies
Accipitridae Hawks & Eagles Apodidae Swifts
Sagittariidae Secretarybird Hemiprocnidae Treeswifts
Falconidae Falcons & Caracaras Trochilidae Hummingbirds
Megapodiidae Megapodes Coliidae Mousebirds
Cracidae Curassows & Guans Trogonidae Trogons
Meleagrididae Turkeys Alcedinidae Kingfishers
Tetraonidae Grouse & Allies Todidae Todies
Odontophoridae New World Quails Momotidae Motmots
Phasianidae Pheasants & Partridges Meropidae Bee-eaters
Numididae Guineafowls Coraciidae Rollers
Opisthocomidae Hoatzin Brachypteraciidae Ground-Rollers
Mesitornithidae Mesites Leptosomatidae Cuckoo-Roller
Turnicidae Buttonquails Upupidae Hoopoes
Gruidae Cranes Phoeniculidae Wood-Hoopoe/Scimitarbills
Aramidae Limpkin Bucorvidae Ground-Hornbills
Psophiidae Trumpeters Bucerotidae Hornbills
Rallidae Rails Galbulidae Jacamars
Heliornithidae Sungrebe/Finfoots Bucconidae Puffbirds
Rhynochetidae Kagu Megalaimidae Asian Barbets
Eurypygidae Sunbittern Lybiidae African Barbets & Tinkerbirds
Cariamidae Seriemas Capitonidae American Barbets
Otididae Bustards Ramphastidae Toucans
Jacanidae Jaçanas Indicatoridae Honeyguides
Rostratulidae Painted-snipe Picidae Woodpeckers
Passerine Families
Acanthisittidae New Zealand Wrens Chloropseidae Leafbirds
Pittidae Pittas Aegithinidae Ioras
Eurylaimidae Broadbills Irenidae Fairy-Bluebirds
Philepittidae Asities Grallinidae Magpie-larks
Furnariidae Ovenbirds/Furnarids Monarchidae Monarch-Flycatchers
Dendrocolaptidae Woodcreepers Hirundinidae Swallows & Martins
Thamnophilidae Typical Antbirds Paridae Tits & Chickadees
Formicariidae Ground Antbirds Remizidae Penduline Tits
Conopophagidae Gnateaters Aegithalidae Long-tailed Tits
Rhinocryptidae Tapaculos Tichodromidae Wallcreeper
Tyrannidae Tyrant Flycatchers Sittidae Nuthatches
Cotingidae Cotingas Certhiidae Creepers
Phytotomidae Plantcutters Troglodytidae Wrens
Sapayoidae Sapayoa Polioptilidae Gnatcatchers
Pipridae Manakins Cinclidae Dippers
Climacteridae Australasian Treecreepers Hypocoliidae Hypocolius
Menuridae Lyrebirds Pycnonotidae Bulbuls
Atrichornithidae Scrub-birds Regulidae Kinglets
Ptilonorhynchidae Bowerbirds Sylviidae Old World Warblers
Maluridae Fairywrens & Grasswrens Muscicapidae Old World Flycatchers
Meliphagidae Honeyeaters Turdidae Thrushes
Epthianuridae Australian Chats Rhabdornithidae Rhabdornis
Pardalotidae Pardalotes Timaliidae Babblers
Acanthizidae Australo-Papuan Warblers Paradoxornithidae Parrotbills
Petroicidae Australo-Papuan Robins Picathartidae Rockfowl
Orthonychidae Logrunners Promeropidae Sugarbirds
Pomatostomidae Pseudo-babblers Dicaeidae Flowerpeckers
Laniidae True Shrikes Melanocharitidae Berrypeckers & Longbills
Malaconotidae Bush-Shrikes Nectariniidae Sunbirds & Spiderhunters
Prionopidae Helmet-Shrikes Zosteropidae White-eyes
Vangidae Vangas Mimidae Thrashers & Mimids
Platysteiridae Batises & Wattle-eyes Sturnidae Starlings & Mynas
Vireonidae Vireos Buphagidae Oxpeckers
Cinclosomatidae Whipbirds/Quail-Thrushes Prunellidae Accentors
Corcoracidae Apostlebirds Motacillidae Pipits & Wagtails
Neosittidae Sittellas Bombycillidae Waxwings
Pachycephalidae Whistlers Ptilogonatidae Silky-flycatchers
Corvidae Crows, Jays & Allies Dulidae Palmchat
Paradisaeidae Birds-of-Paradise Parulidae New World Warblers
Cracticidae Butcherbirds & Bellmagpies Thraupidae Tanagers
Artamidae Woodswallows Emberizidae Sparrows, Old World Buntings
Pityriaseidae Bristlehead Cardinalidae Cardinals, Grosbeaks & Allies
Cnemophilidae Cnemophilines Icteridae Icterids
Campephagidae Cuckoo-Shrikes Fringillidae Finches
Rhipiduridae Fantails Drepanididae Hawaiian Honeycreepers
Dicruridae Drongos Passeridae Old World Sparrows
Oriolidae Old World Orioles Ploceidae Weavers
CallaeidaeEstrildidae Waxbills
Alaudidae Larks Viduidae Indigobirds


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