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• The feet and beak of a bird reflect its way of life.

• There are currently 23 commonly recognized orders of living birds, but technological advances add to our knowledge of relationships among animals, and taxonomy is subject to change with new information.

• Ducks, geese, and swans belong to the order Anseriformes.

• Owls are nocturnal hunters and belong to the order Strigiformes.

• Swifts and hummingbirds belong to the order Apodiformes.

• Parrots and relatives belong to the order Psittaciformes.

• Woodpeckers and toucans belong to the order Piciformes.

• Perching birds and songbirds belong to the order Passeriformes. Passeriformes have a structure called the syrinx, which they use to produce songs.

• Pigeons and doves belong to the order Columbiformes.

• Raptors, long-legged water birds, and penguins belong to the order Ciconiiformes.

• Chickens and turkeys belong to the order Galliformes.

• Large birds such as the ostrich belong to the order Struthioniformes.

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