Superkingdom Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Subphylum Vertebrata
Superclass Gnathostomata OR: Tetrapoda
Class Aves OR: Class Archosauromorpha
Sublcass Neornithes OR: Subclass Dinosauria, Infraclass Aves
Superorder Carinatae
Order Pelecaniformes

An order of six families, 9-10 genera, and 67-68 species of fish-eating, seagoing birds whose principal characteristic is their webbed feet.  Other common characteristics include long bills and necks.  The Pelecaniformes are closely related to the order Ciconiiformes (containing storks, among other things).   Former names for this order include Steganopodes and Pinnipedes. The order name is also frequently spelled "Pelicaniformes" for some reason.

Table of the Orders and Families of Non-Passerine Birds, Earthlife Web, "the Amazing World of Birds"

Taxonomic Relationships of the Cormorants
modified after Johnsgard P. A. - 1993
Cormorants, Darters and Pelicans of the World.
Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington and London.

Birds of the World

Birdnet: The Ornothological Information Source
Presented by the Ornithological Council
Pelecaniformes species list

Pel`e*can`i*for"mes (?), n. pl. [NL. See Pelican, and -form.] Zool.

Those birds that are related to the pelican; the Totipalmi.


© Webster 1913.

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