[Fwd: [Fwd: non - passerines]]

To: "mark kliene" <>, <>
Subject: [Fwd: [Fwd: non - passerines]]
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2001 11:45:11 +1000
> > > Could someone be so kind as to provide me with the definitive
> > > (tautology)
> > > of what constitutes a non - passerine.
> > > Appreciation in advance,


The shortest and therefore most parsimonious answer is that anything which
is not a passerine is a non-passerine!

In the higher classification of birds (and indeed most other living things),
groups of related species are grouped into families and orders.  For
example, the Australian Brush-turkey, Malleefowl and Orange-footed Scrubfowl
are all in the family Megapodiidae.  Along with a few related families such
as Phasianidae (quail, chooks, etc.) and Numididae (guinea fowl), they form
the order Galliformes.  By some measures there are about 30 orders of living
birds and somewhere north of 9000 species.  The order Passeriformes (the
passerines) is far and away the largest of all the orders and includes more
than half of the known species of birds.  Typical passerines are
honeyeaters, sparrows, crows, etc. etc. - check out the passerine section of
your field guides.  Birds belonging to orders other than Passeriformes are
collectively known as the non-passerines.  It's not a technical term really;
just a grab bag of convenience for the the other <50% of birds.


L A W R I E   C O N O L E
2/37 Myrnong Crescent, Ascot Vale, Victoria 3032 AUSTRALIA.
Phone AH (03) 9370 3928; BH (03) 9510 5750; Mobile (0419) 588 993.
E-mail:  <>
Web page:

Birding-Aus is on the Web at
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message
"unsubscribe birding-aus" (no quotes, no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU