Aves - All About Birds
Birds have backbones and feathers. Like mammals, birds are warm-blooded, or endothermic. They can live in warm and cold climates. Most birds fly, but there are some species, like the penguins, that swim. Others, like the ostrich, are ground-dwelling.
Birds have bills and no teeth, and they lay eggs. They have four parts to their bodies: a head, a neck, a torso, and a tail. They have light, hollow bones that make flight easier, and they have two legs and two wings.
There are about 9,600 species. Scientists believe that birds are descended from dinosaurs. There are two subclasses of birds: Archaeornithes and Neornithes. Archaeornithes are, or were, primitive birds from the Jurassic or early Cretaceous periods. The Neornithes subclass includes all of the birds alive today.
Learn about the bird species that are found in NH.
Do you know your bird parts?
The characteristics that set birds apart from other animals.
Get ready to discover the birds in your backyard and beyond.
Keep track of what you see!
Learn how some birds save energy when they fly.
Accipitriformes (hawks, eagles)
Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans)
Apodiformes (hummingbirds, swifts)
Bucerotiformes (hornbills, hoopoes)
Cathartiformes (New World Vultures)
Ciconiiformes (herons, storks, vultures)
Columbiformes (doves, pigeons)
Cuculiformes (cuckoos, hoatzins)
Galliformes (turkeys, pheasants, quails)
Gruiformes (coots, cranes, rails)
Passeriformes (perching birds)
Pelecaniformes (pelicans, boobies)
Piciformes (woodpeckers, toucans)
Procellariiformes (albatrosses, fulmars)
Psittaciformes (parrots, parakeets)
Struthioniformes (ostriches, kiwis)
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Ducks, Geese, Swans