The Bird Class is split into smaller groups, called Orders. Below is a list of some Bird Orders:
Anseriformes Order: Includes Ducks, Geese, and Swans.
Apodiformes Order: Includes Hummingbirds and Swifts.
Charadriformes Order: Includes Sandpipers and Gulls.
Ciconiiformes Order: Includes Herons.
Columbriformes Order: Includes Doves and Pigeons.
Coraciiformes Order: Includes Kingfishers.
Falconiformes Order: Includes Hawks, Eagles, and Vultures.
Galliformes Order: Includes Turkey and Quail.
Piciformes Order: Includes Woodpeckers.
Stringiformes Order: Includes Owls.
Passeriformes Order: Called "perching birds." Includes: Swallows, Wrens, Mockingbirds, Robins, Warblers, Flycatchers, Finches, Starlings, Crows, and Jays.
All of the Orders above have been split into smaller groups, called Families. Families are then split into Genera. Remember, as each group gets smaller, organisms in that group are more and more alike. Each Genus will contain individual Species.
Information on specific Families and Genera is not included on this website, but you can find out which groups a species belongs to by checking the Classification Box at the bottom of each Species Page. See the example of a Red-tailed Hawk below: