The Passeriformes are the songbirds. This is the largest order of birds, made up of roughly 5,400 of the 9000 or so living species of bird. Most are small and many have complex musculature controlling their vocal chords. They include flycatchers, woodcreepers, wrens, lyrebirds, treecreepers, robins, shrikes, larks, chats, dippers, buntings, finches, wagtails, pipits, tits, swallows, martins, thrushes, and starlings to name just a few!
Author: Robert Davis
Last updated: 21/11/05
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