The following tags are used to designate some species: Family: Anatidae The family Anatidae includes the ducks and most duck-like waterfowl, such as geese and swans.
These birds are adapted to an aquatic existence with webbed feet, bills which are flattened to a greater or lesser extent, and feathers that are excellent at shedding water due to special oils. Family: Odontophoridae The New World quails are small, plump terrestrial birds only distantly related to the quails of the Old World, but named for their similar appearance and habits. Family: Phasianidae Phasianidae consists of the pheasants and their allies.
They are typically gray or white, often with black markings on the head or wings. Their long wings have black markings, as does the head. Family: Gaviidae Loons are aquatic birds, the size of a large duck, to which they are unrelated.
Many swifts have long swept-back wings which resemble a crescent or boomerang. Family: Trochilidae Hummingbirds are small birds capable of hovering in mid-air due to the rapid flapping of their wings. The most typical family members occupy dense vegetation in damp environments near lakes, swamps, or rivers.They tend to have short, rounded wings and to be weak fliers. Family: Gruidae Cranes are large, long-legged, and long-necked birds.Unlike the similar-looking but unrelated herons, cranes fly with necks outstretched, not pulled back.They look like large dark gulls, but have a fleshy cere above the upper mandible. However, they are only distantly related to the penguins and are able to fly.Auks live on the open sea, only deliberately coming ashore to nest. Family: Laridae Laridae is a family of medium to large seabirds and includes gulls, terns, kittiwakes, and skimmers. Family: Phaethontidae Tropicbirds are slender white birds of tropical oceans with exceptionally long central tail feathers.