Temporal range: Late Cretaceous–Recent
Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Neoaves
Clade: Aequorlitornithes
Prum et al., 2015

Aequorlitornithes is a clade of waterbirds recovered in a compressive genomic systematic study using nearly 200 species in 2015. It contains the clades Charadriiformes (waders and shorebirds), Mirandornithes (flamingos and grebes) and Ardeae (Eurypygimorphae and Aequornithes).[1] Previous studies have found different placement for the clades in the tree.[2][3][4]



Mirandornithes (flamingos and grebes) Black-necked Grebe SchwarzhalstaucherLightmatter flamingo

Charadriiformes (shorebirds) EsacusRecurvirostrisWrybillCommon Greenshank50x50pxRiver Tern


Eurypygimorphae (sunbittern, kagu and tropicbirds)50x50px50x50px50x50px

Aequornithes (loons, penguins, herons, pelicans, storks, etc)Arctic LoonEmperor PenguinWilson's Storm-PetrelPainted StorkIndian CormorantEurasian SpoonbillAmerican White Pelican (Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds)Cattle Egret


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  2. ^ Ericson, P. G.P; Anderson, C. L; Britton, T.; Elzanowski, A.; Johansson, U. S; Kallersjo, M.; Ohlson, J. I; Parsons, T. J; Zuccon, D.; Mayr, G. (22 December 2006). "Diversification of Neoaves: integration of molecular sequence data and fossils". Biology Letters. 2 (4): 543–547. PMC 1834003Freely accessible. PMID 17148284. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2006.0523. 
  3. ^ Hackett, S. J.; Kimball, R. T.; Reddy, S.; et al. (27 June 2008). "A Phylogenomic Study of Birds Reveals Their Evolutionary History" (PDF). Science. 320 (5884): 1763–1768. PMID 18583609. doi:10.1126/science.1157704. 
  4. ^ Jarvis, E.D.; et al. (12 December 2014). "Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds". Science. 346 (6215): 1320–1331. PMC 4405904Freely accessible. PMID 25504713. doi:10.1126/science.1253451. 
Hemipus picatus This article is part of Project Bird Taxonomy, a All Birds project that aims to write comprehensive articles on every order, family and other taxonomic rank related to birds.

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