Coraciiformes

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Coraciiformes
European Roller
Coracias garrulus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Infraclass: Neognathae
Order: Coraciiformes
Forbes, 1884
Families

Alcedinidae
Brachypteraciidae
Bucerotidae (disputed)
Cerylidae
Coraciidae
Halcyonidae
Meropidae
Momotidae
Phoeniculidae (disputed)
Todidae
Upupidae (disputed)
For prehistoric taxa, see text.

Global distribution of the Kingfisher and allies.

The Coraciiformes are a group of usually colorful near passerine birds including the kingfishers, the Hoopoe, the bee-eaters, the rollers, and the hornbills. They generally have syndactyly, with three forward-pointing toes (and toes 3 & 4 fused at their base), though in many kingfishers one of these is missing.

This is largely an Old World order, with the representation in the New World limited to the dozen or so species of todies and motmots, and a mere handful of the more than 90 species of kingfishers.