Cathartiformes

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Cathartiformes
Temporal range: Eocene to present
California Condor.jpg
A California Condor
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Accipitrimorphae
Order: Cathartiformes
Coues, 1884
Families

The order Cathartiformes of raptors or birds of prey included the New World vultures and the now extinct Teratornithidae.[1] These raptors are classified by most taxonomic authorities in the order Accipitriformes (which include the like eagles and hawks). In the past they were considered to be a sister group to the storks of the order Ciconiiformes based on DNA-DNA hybridization and morphology.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chatterjee, Sankar; Templin, R. Jack Jr.; Campbell, Kenneth E. (July 24, 2007). "The aerodynamics of Argentavis, the world's largest flying bird from the Miocene of Argentina". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 104 (30): 12398–12403. doi:10.1073/pnas.0702040104. PMC 1906724Freely accessible. PMID 17609382. 
  2. ^ Ligon, J. David. "Relationships of the cathartid vultures." (1967).
  3. ^ Sibley, Charles Gald & Ahlquist, Jon Edward (1990): Phylogeny and classification of birds. Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn.