Coraciiformes TAG

Coraciiformes Taxon Advisory Group

The Coraciiformes Taxon Advisory Group manages Species Survival Plans for a total of fourteen species, the majority of which (nine total) are hornbills. The Coraciiformes TAG promotes in situ conservation of species in the order Coraciiformes and their habitats through participation in and support of field programs, by improving captive
management and by using exhibition of birds to influence public opinion to favor conservation activities.

The order Coraciiformes includes many species that represent some of the most colorful and unusual bird families in the world. The order is named after the rollers of the family Coraciidae. While each family within the Coraciiformes can be defined rather clearly, relationships between the families (and which families to include in the order) are more difficult to ascertain. This also means that the exact criteria for membership in the order are difficult to define, due to the diversity of form and behavior spread across such variable families.

The Order Coraciiformes is divided into four suborders and ten families.

Alcedines, including the families Alcedinidae (kingfishers; 92 species), Todidae (todies; 5 species), and Momotidae (motmots; 10 species)
Meropes, with the single family Meropidae (bee-eaters; 25 species)
Coracii, containing the families Coraciidae (rollers; 12 species), Brachypteraciidae (ground-rollers; 5 species), Leptosomatidae (cuckoo-rollers; 1 species), Upupidae (hoopoes; 1 species), Phoeniculidae (woodhoopoes; 8 species)
Bucerotes, with the single family Bucerotidae (hornbills; 54 species)

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