Columbiformes

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Columbiformes

[kə‚ləm·bə′fȯr‚mēz]
(vertebrate zoology)
An order of birds distinguished by a short, pointed bill, imperforate nostrils, and short legs.
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Columbiforms rank among the most successful of avian taxa (Baptista & Trail 1992).
Columbiforms may be roughly divided into seed and fruit-eating forms.
A highly developed orbital ring has appeared independently in several unrelated lines of columbiforms.
At least two cases of flightlessness in columbiforms from islands have occurred in history, namely the Dodo (Raphus cucullatus) of Mauritius and the Solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria) of Rodrigues Island (Greenway 1958).
If such rapid evolution is typical of the family then it is no wonder that columbiforms have been so successful as colonizers in so many diverse habitats.
Goodwin (1960) reviewed the subject of sexual dichromatism in columbiforms and noted that species graded from color monomorphism between the sexes (as in P.