Bird Species, Listed by Common Name and broken into Passerines and Non-Passerines

The naming conventions for birds is just as puzzling as the shear number of different species of birds that are in the world. In order to break this down into a manageable list, we're sorting the birds into two groups, passerine and non-passerine.

A passerine is a bird of the order Passeriformes, which includes more than half of all bird species. Sometimes known as perching birds or as songbirds (this isn't always accurate), the passerines form one of the most diverse terrestrial vertebrate orders. It contains over 5,000 identified species and contains over 110 families. The names "passerines" and "Passeriformes" are derived from the Latin term "passer" for Passer sparrows and similar small birds.

Non-Passerines:
  • Albatrosses and Petrels
  • Birds of Prey
  • Cassowaries and Emus
  • Cranes and Relatives
  • Cuckoos and Turacos
  • Divers
  • Flamingos
  • Gamebirds
  • Grebes
  • Kingfishers and Relatives
  • Kiwis
  • Mousebirds
  • Nightjars and Frogmouths
  • Ostriches
  • Owls
  • Parrots
  • Pelicans and Relatives
  • Penguins
  • Pigeons and Doves
  • Sandgrouses
  • Storks and Herons
  • Swifts and Hummingbirds
  • Tinamous
  • Trogons
  • Waders, Gulls, and Auks
  • Woodpeckers and Toucans
Passerines:
  • Accentors
  • Antbirds
  • Antpittas and Antthrushes
  • Asities
  • Australasian Babblers
  • Australasian Treecreepers
  • Australasian Wrens
  • Australian Robins
  • Babblers and Relatives
  • Bald Crows
  • Bananaquit
  • Berrypeckers
  • Birds-of-Paradise
  • Boatbills
  • Bowerbirds
  • Bristlebirds
  • Bristleheads
  • Broadbills
  • Bulbuls
  • Bunting and American Sparrows
  • Bushtits
  • Butcherbirds
  • Cardinals and Grosbeaks
  • Chats and Flycatchers
  • Cisticolas
  • Cotingas
  • Crows and Jays
  • Cuckooshrikes
  • Drongos
  • Dippers
  • Fantails
  • Fairy-Bluebirds
  • Finches and Relatives
  • Flowerpeckers
  • Gnateaters
  • Gnatcatchers
  • Goldcrests
  • Helmetshrikes and Puffbacks
  • Honeyeaters
  • Ioras
  • Larks
  • Leafbirds
  • Logrunners
  • Lyrebirds
  • Manakins
  • Mockingbirds and Thrashers
  • Monarchs
  • Mudnesters
  • New Zealand Wrens
  • New World Warblers
  • New World Blackbirds
  • Nuthatches
  • Old World Sparrows and Snowfinches
  • Old World Warblers
  • Orioles
  • Ovenbirds
  • Palmchat
  • Penduline Tits
  • Pardalotes
  • Philippine Creepers
  • Pittas
  • Quail-Thrushes
  • Satinbirds
  • Scrubbirds
  • Shrikes
  • Shrikethrushes and Relatives
  • Shriketits
  • Sitellas
  • Starlings
  • Sunbirds
  • Sugarbirds
  • Swallows and Martins
  • Tanagers
  • Tapaculos
  • Thornbills and Gerygones
  • Treecreepers
  • True Tits
  • Thrushes
  • Tyrant Flycatchers
  • Vangas
  • Vireos and Relatives
  • Wagtails and Pipits
  • Wattle-Eyes and Batises
  • Wattled Crows
  • Waxbills and Relatives
  • Waxwings and Relatives
  • Weavers
  • Whipbirds and Relatives
  • Whistlers
  • White-Eyes
  • Whydahs
  • Woodcreepers
  • Woodswallows
  • Wrens