This order of birds contains almost 6,000 species. These birds get there name because they are perching birds. They have very strong feet for perching and grabing branches. Thre are two groups of Passerine birds. One is the Suboscine Passerine birds (Terranae: have a cyrinx that doesn't have the muscles to make the same sounds as the other birds). The other group is the Passeres, which includes everything else.

Family Common name Total number
Acanthisittidae New Zealand Wrens ?
Acanthizidae Australian Warblers ?
Aegithalidae Bushtits and long-tailed tits ?
Alaudidae Larks ?
Artamidae Wood-swallows ?
Bombycillidae Waxwings ?
Callaeidae Wattlebirds ?
Campephagidae Cuckoo-shrikes ?
Certhiidae Creepers ?
Cinclidae Dippers ?
Cisticolidae Forest Warblers ?
Climacteridae Australian Treecreepers ?
Conopophagidae Gnateaters ?
Corvidae Crows, Jays, Magpies ?
Cotingidae Cotingas ?
Cracticidae Butcherbirds ?
Dendrocolaptidae Woodcreepers ?
Dicaeidae Flowerpeckers ?
Drepanididae Honeycreepers ?
Dulidae Palmchat ?
Emberizidae Emberizid finches ?
Eopsaltriidae Austalo-Papuan robins and scrub robins. ?
Estrildidae Estrildid finches and waxbills ?
Eurylaimidae Broadbills ?
Formicariidae Antbirds ?
Fringillidae Buntings, finches, grosbeaks ?
Furnariidae Ovenbirds ?
Grallinidae Magpie larks ?
Hirundinidae Swallows. ?
Hypocolidae Grey Hypocolius ?
Icteridae Blackbirds ?
Irenidae Firy-Bluebirds ?
Laniidae Shrikes ?
Maluridae Fairy Wrens ?
Melanocharitidae Berrypeckers ?
Meliphagidae Honeyeaters ?
Menuridae Lyrebird ?
Mimidae Mocking-thrushes, mockingbirds ?
Monarchidae Monarch flycatchers ?
Motacillidae Pipits and wattails ?
Muscicapidae Old World Flycatchers ?
Nectariniidae Sunbirds ?
Oriolidae Old World Orioles ?
Oxyruncidae Sharpbills ?
Pachycephalidae Pitohuis, Shrike-Tits ?
Paradisaeidae Birds of Paradise ?
Pardalotidae Australian Warblers ?
Paridae Chickadees adn Titmice ?
Parulidae New World Warblers ?
Passeridae Old World Sparrows ?
Petroicidae Robins ?
Philepittidae Asity and False Sunbirds ?
Phytotomidae Plantcutters ?
Picathartidae Rock Jumpers and Rockfowl ?
Pipridae Manakins ?
Pittidae Pittas ?
Platysteiridae Batis, Shrike-flycatchers, Wattlebirds ?
Ploceidae Bishops, weaver finches and weavers ?
Prunellidae Accentors ?
Ptilonorhynchidae Bowerbirds ?
Pycnonotidae Bulbuls ?
Remizidae Penduline tits and Verdins ?
Rhabdornithidae Rhabdornises ?
Rhinocryptidae Tapaculos ?
Sittidae Nuthatches ?
Sturnidae Starlings ?
Sylviidae Gnatcatchers, Kinglets ?
Thamnophilidae Typical antbirds ?
Timaliidae Babblers ?
Troglodytidae Wrens ?
Turdidae Thrushes ?
Tyrannidae New World Flycathers ?
Vangidae Vangas ?
Vireonidae Vireos ?
Zosteropidae White-eyes ?



Family Acanthisittidae (New Zealand wrens)
Family Acanthizidae (Australian warblers)
Family Aegithalidae (bushtits and long-tailed tits)
Family Alaudidae (larks)
Family Artamidae (wood-swallows)
Family Bombycillidae (waxwings)
Family Callaeidae (wattlebirds)
Family Campephagidae (cuckoo-shrikes)
Family Certhiidae (creepers)
Family Cinclidae (dippers)
Family Cisticolidae (forest warblers and grass-warblers)
Family Climacteridae (Australian treecreepers)
Family Conopophagidae (gnateaters)
Family Corvidae (crows, jays, and magpies)
Family Cotingidae (cotingas)
Family Cracticidae (butcherbirds)
Family Dendrocolaptidae (woodcreepers)
Family Dicaeidae (flowerpeckers)
Family Dicruridae (drongos)
Family Drepanididae (honeycreepers)
Family Dulidae (palmchat)
Family Emberizidae (emberizid finches, New World sparrows, and Old World buntings)
Family Eopsaltriidae (Australo-Papuan robins and scrub-robins)
Family Estrildidae (estrildid finches and waxbills)
Family Eurylaimidae (broadbills)
Family Formicariidae (antbirds)
Family Fringillidae (buntings, finches, grosbeaks, Old World finches, and sparrows)
Family Furnariidae (ovenbirds)
Family Grallinidae (magpie larks)
Family Hirundinidae (swallows)
Family Hypocolidae (grey hypocolius)
Family Icteridae (blackbirds)
Family Irenidae (fairy-bluebirds)
Family Laniidae (shrikes)
Family Maluridae (fairy-wrens)
Family Melanocharitidae (berrypeckers)
Family Meliphagidae (honeyeaters)
Family Menuridae (lyrebird)
Family Mimidae (mocking-thrushes, mockingbirds, and thrashers)
Family Monarchidae (monarch flycatchers)
Family Motacillidae (pipits and wagtails)
Family Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers)
Family Nectariniidae (sunbirds)
Family Oriolidae (Old World orioles)
Family Oxyruncidae (sharpbill)
Family Pachycephalidae (pitohuis, relatives, shrike-tits, and thickheads)
Family Paradisaeidae (birds-of-paradise)
Family Pardalotidae (Australian warblers)
Family Paridae (chickadees and titmice)
Family Parulidae (New World warblers and wood-warblers)
Family Passeridae (Old World sparrows)
Family Petroicidae (robins)
Family Philepittidae (asity and false sunbird)
Family Phytotomidae (plantcutters)
Family Picathartidae (rock-jumpers and rockfowl)
Family Pipridae (manakins)
Family Pittidae (pittas)
Family Platysteiridae (batis, shrike-flycatchers, and wattle-eyes)
Family Ploceidae (bishops, weaver finches, and weavers)
Family Prunellidae (accentors)
Family Ptilonorhynchidae (bowerbirds)
Family Pycnonotidae (bulbuls)
Family Remizidae (penduline tits and verdins)
Family Rhabdornithidae (rhabdornises)
Family Rhinocryptidae (tapaculos)
Family Sittidae (nuthatches)
Family Sturnidae (starlings)
Family Sylviidae (gnatcatchers, kinglets, and Old World warblers)
Family Thamnophilidae (typical antbirds)
Family Timaliidae (babblers)
Family Troglodytidae (wrens)
Family Turdidae (thrushes)
Family Tyrannidae (New World flycatchers and tyrant flycatchers)
Family Vangidae (vangas)
Family Vireonidae (vireos)
Family Zosteropidae (white-eyes)

By Rob Nelson

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