Core Landbird Photo Albums

The core lanbirds photo albums display the youngest birds in the time-ordered evolutionary history grouping together bird families placed under the same and related Aves orders, see Taxonomy note at the end of this page.

Each photo album includes at least one images 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, or separate webpage, supplements the first gallery to feature images of behaviours such as hunting, nesting, feeding, or mating. I photographed all the featured landbird images in their natural habitat, which include forest and woodland sometimes near water.

Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus girrenera) perched at Cape Gloucester in Queensland

Raptors are carnivores that include both diurnal and nocturnal hunters and scavengers, which occupy a variety of habitats in most world regions.

Stork-Billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis) at Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve in Singapore

Kingfishers are cosmopolitan birds that have a wide range of habitats including forests and woodlands. The featured Old World bee-eater and roller families inhabit open and wooded areas, respectively.

Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus indicus) at tree nest hole at Chinees Garden in Singapore

The primary habitat for these birds is forest and woodland. Woodpeckers are global, except for Australasia while the Indomalaya ecozone is home to barbets. Trogons are pantropical but absent from Australasia.

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus) at Bel Air National Park in South Australia

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.

Core Landbird Photo Album Taxonomy

Aves orders assigned to the core landbirds photo album pages follow the Taxonomy in Flux Checklist. A simplified taxonomy family tree shows landbirds in time-ordered evolutionary history, earliest last, applicable to this album of core landbirds, the youngest being Passeriformes in Australaves.

Afroaves clade:

Birds of Prey album includes (i) Accipitriformes (Hawks, Kites, Eagles, and Osprey) and Cathartiformes (New World Vultures), placed in superorder Accipitrimorphae. And (ii) Strigiformes (Barn Owls and Typical Owls).

Kingfisher and Allie’s contain Coraciiformes (Kingfisher, Bee-Eater and Rollers) and Bucerotiformes (Hornbills) orders both in superorder Picimorphae.

Barbets, Woodpeckers and Trogans album includes Trogoniformes (Trogons) and Piciformes (Barbets and Woodpeckers) all placed in superorder Picimorphae.

Australaves clade:

Parrots and Cockatoos and Falcons includes Falconiformes (Falcons) and Psittaciformes (Parrots).

Oscines and Suboscines (Passeriformes), sister order to Psittaciformes, contain about half the known species of landbirds. Grouped in five-album collections: Basal Oscines, Passerida (split into two parts), Corvida, and Suboscines.