Superclass Gnathostomata OR:
Class Aves OR: Class Archosauromorpha
Sublcass Neornithes OR: Subclass Dinosauria,
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