Family List

Based on J. L. Peters et al., Checklist of the Birds of the World, Harvard University Press/Museum of Comparative Zoology, 1931-1986.
This list departs slightly from the strict Peters list. Peter's Checklist was written over a fifty-year period, during which thinking about the classification of birds changed. A further problem is that the chronological order of the volumes did not correspond to the taxonomic order. An example of the problems that this created can be seen from the Introduction to Volume XI, edited by E. Mayr and G. W. Cottrell, the last volume to appear, in 1986. They state: 'The designation Muscicapidae was used in Checklist, Volumes X (1964) and XII (1967), in the broad sense of Hartert. It included thrushes, babblers, whistlers and numerous aberrant groups. None of these is any longer included in the Muscicapidae as now delimited on the basis of the researches of Charles G. Sibley and others.'

If one follows strictly the sequence in the Peters volumes, one is left with Muscicapidae appearing in several different places in the list. There are two ways to remedy this. One, used by Howard and Moore(1980), is to treat everything from thrushes to whistlers as subfamilies of Muscicapidae. This, however, flies in the face of the reconition in the later volumes of the separateness of the Australian groups, which are recognized as families (Maluridae, Acanthizidae, Monarchidae, and Eopsaltridae). Accordingly we have preferred to treat the subfamilies in Volume X (Turdinae, Orthonychinae, Timaliinae, Panurinae, Picathartinae and Polioptilinae) as families. Similarly, we have preferred to treat the subfamilies under Emberizidae in Volume XIII as families, and have elevated Catamblyrhynchidae, Cardenalidae, Thraupidae, and Tersinidae to family status. The list which is the starting point for this project lists basic information about all species, including the regular distribution by country.  I am going through this list expanding the distribution and also adding to the Latin synonymy.  The notation (Complete) adjacent to a family or subfamily below indicates I have updated both the distribution and the synonymy.

PetersFamilyName
STRUTHIONIDAE:Ostriches
RHEIDAE:Rheas
CASUARIIDAE:Cassowaries
MEGALAPTERYGIDAE:Moas
DROMAIIDAE:Emus
APTERYGIDAE:Kiwis
TINAMIDAE:Tinamous
DIOMEDEIDAE:Albatrosses
PROCELLARIIDAE:Fulmars,Petrels and Shearwaters
HYDROBATIDAE:Storm Petrels
PELECANOIDIDAE:Diving Petrels
SPHENISCIDAE:Penguins
GAVIIDAE:Loons
PODICIPEDIDAE:Grebes
PHAETHONTIDAE:Tropicbirds
FREGATIDAE:Frigatebirds
PHALACROCORACIDAE(Phalacrocoracinae):Cormorants
PHALACROCORACIDAE(Anhinginae):Darters
SULIDAE:Boobies,Gannets
PELECANIDAE:Pelicans
ARDEIDAE(Ardeinae):Day Herons
ARDEIDAE(Nycticoracinae,Nycticoracini):Night Herons
ARDEIDAE(Nycticoracinae,Cochleariini):Boat-billed Heron
ARDEIDAE(Tigrisomatinae):Tiger Herons
ARDEIDAE(Botaurinae,Zebrilini):Zigzag Heron
ARDEIDAE(Botaurinae,Botaurini):Bitterns
SCOPIDAE:Hammerhead
CICONIIDAE(Mycteriini):Storks
CICONIIDAE(Ciconiini):Storks
CICONIIDAE(Leptoptilini):Storks
BALAENICIPITIDAE:Shoebill
THRESKIORNITHIDAE(Threskiornithinae):Ibises
THRESKIORNITHIDAE(Plataleinae):Spoonbills
PHOENICOPTERIDAE:Flamingos
CATHARTIDAE:American Vultures
ACCIPTRIDAE(Pandioninae):Osprey
ACCIPITRIDAE(Acciptrinae):Hawks,Eagles
SAGITTARIIDAE:Secretarybird
FALCONIDAE(Polyborinae):Caracaras
FALCONIDAE(Falconinae):Falcons
ANATIDAE(Anseranatinae):Pied Geese
ANATIDAE(Dendrocygninae):Whistling Ducks
ANATIDAE(Anserinae):Swans and Geese
ANATIDAE(Tadorninae):Shelducks
ANATIDAE(Anatinae):Typical Ducks
ANATIDAE(Merginae):Sea Ducks
ANATIDAE(Oxyurinae):Stifftailed Ducks
ANHIMIDAE:Screamers
MEGAPODIIDAE:Megapodes
CRACIDAE:Curassows,Guans,Chachalacas
TETRAONIDAE:Grouse,Ptarmigan
PHASIANIDAE(Odontophorinae):American Quail
PHASIANIDAE(Phasianinae):Partridges,Quails,Pheasants
NUMIDIDAE:Guinea-fowl
MELEAGRIDIDAE:Turkeys
OPISTHOCOMIDAE:Hoatzin
MESOENATIDAE:Mesites,Monias
TURNICIDAE:Bustard-Quails
PEDIONOMIDAE:Collared Hemipode
GRUIDAE(Gruinae):Cranes
GRUIDAE(Balearicinae):Crowned Cranes
ARAMIDAE:Limpkin
PSOPHIIDAE:Trumpeters
RALLIDAE:Rails,Gallinules
RALLIDAE(Fulicinae):Coots
HELIORNITHIDAE:Sun-Grebes
RHYNOCHETIDAE:Kagu
EURYPIGIDAE:Sunbittern
CARIAMIDAE:Cariamas
OTIDAE:Bustards
JACANIDAE:Jacanas
ROSTRATULIDAE:Painted Snipe
CHARADRIIDAE(Vanellinae):Lapwings
CHARADRIIDAE(Charadriinae):Plovers
SCOLOPACIDAE(Tringinae):Sandpipers
SCOLOPACIDAE(Scolopacinae):Woodcocks,Snipe
SCOLOPACIDAE(Eroliinae):Sandpipers
SCOLOPACIDAE(Arenariinae):Surfbird,Turnstones
RECURVIROSTRIDAE(Ibidorhynchinae):Ibisbill
RECURVIROSTRIDAE(Recurvirostrinae):Avocets,Stilts
PHALAROPODIDAE:Phalaropes
DROMADIDAE:Crab Plover
BURHINIDAE:Thick-knees
GLAREOLIDAE(Cursoriinae):Coursers
GLAREOLIDAE(Glareolinae):Pratincoles
THINOCORIDAE:Seedsnipe
CHIONIDIDAE:Sheathbills
STERCORARIIDAE:Skuas,Jaegers
LARIDAE(Larinae):Gulls
LARIDAE(Sterninae):Terns
RYNCHOPIDAE:Skimmers
ALCIDAE:Auks,Murres,Puffins
PTEROCLIDIDAE:Sand-grouse
RAPHIDAE:Dodos,Solitaires
COLUMBIDAE(Treroninae):Fruit-pigeons
COLUMBIDAE(Columbinae):Pigeons,Doves
COLUMBIDAE(Gourinae):Crowned Pigeons
COLUMBIDAE(Didunculinae):Tooth-billed Pigeon
PSITTACIDAE(Strigopinae):Owl Parrot
PSITTACIDAE(Nestorinae):Keas
PSITTACIDAE(Loriinae):Lories
PSITTACIDAE(Micropsittinae):Pygmy Parrots
PSITTACIDAE(Kakatoeinae):Cockatoos
PSITTACIDAE(Psittacinae):Macaws,Parrots
PSITTACIDAE:Parrots
MUSOPHAGIDAE:Plantain-eaters
CUCULIDAE(Cuculinae):Cuckoos
CUCULIDAE(Phaenicophaeinae):American Cuckoos,Malkohas
CUCULIDAE(Crotophaginae):Anis,Guira
CUCULIDAE(Neomorphinae):Roadrunners,Ground Cuckoos
CUCULIDAE(Couinae):Couas
CUCULIDAE(Centropodinae):Coucals
TYTONIDAE(Tytoninae):Barn Owls
TYTONIDAE(Phodilinae):Bay Owls
STRIGIDAE(Buboninae):Typical Owls
STRIGIDAE(Striginae):Typical Owls
STEATORNITHIDAE:Oilbird
PODARGIDAE:Frogmouths
NYCTIBIIDAE:Potoos
AEGOTHELIDAE:Owlet-Nightjars
CAPRIMULGIDAE(Caprimulginae):Goatsuckers
CAPRIMULGIDAE(Chordeilinae):Nighthawks
APODIDAE(Chaeturinae):Spine-tailed Swifts
APODIDAE(Apodinae):Typical Swifts
HEMIPROCNIDAE:Crested Swifts
TROCHILIDAE:Hummingbirds
COLIIDAE:Mousebirds
TROGONIDAE:Trogons
ALCEDINIDAE(Cerylinae):Cerylid Kingfishers
ALCEDINIDAE(Alcedininae):Alcedinid Kingfishers
ALCEDINIDAE(Daceloninae):Dacelonid Kingfishers
TODIDAE:Todies
MOMOTIDAE:Motmots
MEROPIDAE:Bee-eaters
LEPTOSOMIDAE:Cuckoo-Roller
CORACIIDAE(Brachypteraciinae):Ground-Rollers
CORACIIDAE(Coraciinae):Typical Rollers
UPUPIDAE:Hoopoes
PHOENICULIDAE:Woodhoopoes
BUCEROTIDAE:Hornbills
GALBULIDAE:Jacamars
BUCCONIDAE:Puffbirds
CAPITONIDAE:Barbets
INDICATORIDAE:Honeyguides
RAMPHASTIDAE:Toucans
PICIDAE(Jynginae):Wrynecks
PICIDAE(Picumninae):Piculets
PICIDAE(Picinae):Woodpeckers
EURYLAIMIDAE(Eurylaiminae):Broadbills
EURYLAIMIDAE(Calyptomeninae):Broadbills
DENDROCOLAPTIDAE:Wood-hewers
FURNARIIDAE:Ovenbirds
FORMICARIIDAE:Ant-thrushes
CONOPOPHAGIDAE:Ant-pipits
RHINOCRYPTIDAE:Tapaculos
TYRANNIDAE(Elaeniinae):Tyrant Flycatchers
TYRANNIDAE(Fluvicolinae):Tyrant Flycatchers
TYRANNIDAE(Tyranninae):Tyrant Flycatchers
TYRANNIDAE(Tityrinae):Becards and Tityras
PIPRIDAE:Manakins
COTINGIDAE:Cotingas
OXYRUNCIDAE:Sharpbill
PHYTOTOMIDAE:Plantcutters
PITTIDAE:Pittas
PHILEPITTIDAE(Philepittinae):Asitys
PHILEPITTIDAE(Neodrepanidinae):Asitys
ACANTHISITTIDAE:New Zealand Wrens
MENURIDAE:Lyrebirds
ATRICHORNITHIDAE:Scrub-birds
ALAUDIDAE:Larks
HIRUNDINIDAE(Pseudochelidoninae):River-Martins
HIRUNDINIDAE(Hirundininae):Swallows
MOTACILLIDAE:Wagtails and Pipits
CAMPEPHAGIDAE:Cuckooshrikes
PYCNONOTIDAE:Bulbuls
IRENIDAE:Leafbirds
LANIIDAE(Prionopinae):Helmetshrikes
LANIIDAE(Malaconotinae):Bush-shrikes
LANIIDAE(Laniinae):True Shrikes
LANIIDAE(Pityriasinae):Bristlehead
VANGIDAE:Vangas
BOMBYCILLIDAE(Bombycillinae):Waxwings
BOMBYCILLIDAE(Ptilogonatinae):Silky-flycatchers
MOHOIDAE Hawaiian Nectar Feeders
BOMBYCILLIDAE(Hypocoliinae):Hypocolius
DULIDAE:Palmchat
CINCLIDAE:Dippers
TROGLODYTIDAE:Wrens
MIMIDAE:Mockingbirds and Allies
PRUNELLIDAE:Accentors
TURDIDAE:Thrushes
ORTHONYCHIDAE:Logrunners
TIMALIIDAE:Babblers
SYLVIIDAE:Old World Warblers
GENERA SEDIS INCERTAE
PANURIDAE:Parrotbills
PICATHARTIDAE:Picathartes
POLIOPTILIDAE:Gnatcatchers and Allies
MUSCICAPIDAE:Old World Flycatchers
PLATYSTEIRIDAE:Puffback Flycatchers
MALURIDAE:Australo-Papuan Wrens
ACANTHIZIDAE(Acanthizinae):Australasian Warblers
ACANTHIZIDAE(Mohouinae):Mohoua,Finschia
GENERA INCERTAE SEDIS:Australian Chats
MONARCHIDAE(Monarchinae):Monarch Flycatchers
MONARCHIDAE(Rhipidurinae):Fantails
EOPSALTRIIDAE:Australasian Robins
PACHYCEPHALIDAE:Whistlers
GERNERA INCERTAE SEDIS
AEGITHALIDAE:Long-tailed Tits,Bushtits
REMIZIDAE:Penduline Tits
PARIDAE:Titmice
GENERA INCERTAE SEDIS
SITTIDAE(Sittinae):Nuthatches
SITTIDAE:Daphoenosittinae):Treerunners
SITTIDAE(Tichodrominae):Wallcreeper
CERTHIIDAE(Certhiinae):Treecreepers
CERTHIIDAE(Salpornithinae):Spotted Creeper
RHABDORNITHIDAE:Philippine Creepers
CLIMACTERIDAE:Australian Treecreepers
DICAEIDAE:Flowerpeckers
NECTARINIIDAE(Nectariniinae,Nectariniini):Sunbirds
NECTARINIIDAE:Sunbirds
ZOSTEROPIDAE:White-eyes
MELIPHAGIDAE:Honeyeaters
EMBERIZIDAE(Emberizinae):Buntings and American Sparrows
FRINGILLIDAE(Emberizinae,Emberizini):Buntings,Longspurs
CATAMBLYRHYNCHIDAE:Plush-capped Finch
CARDINALIDAE:Cardinal-Grosbeaks
THRAUPIDAE:Tanagers
TERSINIDAE:Swallow-Tanager
PARULIDAE:Wood Warblers
Family Incertae Sedis
PEUCEDRAMIDAE:Olive Warbler
DREPANIDIDAE:Hawaiian Honeycreepers
VIREONIDAE(Cyclarhinae):Peppershrikes
VIREONIDAE(Vireolaniinae):Shrike-Vireos
VIREONIDAE(Vireoninae):Vireos and Greenlets
FRINGILLIDAE(Emberizinae,Icterini):New World Blackbirds
ICTERIDAE(Icterinae):American Orioles and Blackbirds
ICTERIDAE(Dolichonychinae):Bobolink
FRINGILLIDAE(Fringillinae):Chaffinches,Brambling
FRINGILLIDAE(Fringillinae,Carduelini):Goldfinches,Crossbills
UROCYNCHRAMIDAE:Pink-tailed Finch
ESTRILDIDAE:Waxbills,Grass Finches,Mannikins
PLOCEIDAE(Viduinae):Indigo-birds and Whydahs
PLOCEIDAE(Bubalornithinae):Buffalo-Weavers
PASSERIDAE(Passerinae):Sparrows,Rock-Sparrows
PLOCEIDAE(Passerinae):Sparrows
PLOCEIDAE(Ploceinae):Weavers
STURNIDAE(Sturninae):Starlings
STURNIDAE(Buphaginae):Oxpeckers
ORIOLIDAE:Orioles
DICRURIDAE:Drongos
CALLAEIDAE:New Zealand Wattlebirds
PARADISAEIDAE(Cnemophilinae):Crested Birds-of-paradise
GRALLINIDAE(Grallininae):Magpie-Larks
GRALLINIDAE(Corcoracinae):Mud Nest Builders
ARTAMIDAE:Woodswallows
CRACTICIDAE:Australian Butcherbirds
PTILONORHYNCHIDAE:Bowerbirds
PARADISAEIDAE(Paradisaeinae):Birds-of-paradise
CORVIDAE:Crows and Jays