Gruiformes

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Gruiformes

[′grü·ə′fȯr‚mēz]
(vertebrate zoology)
A heterogeneous order of generally cosmopolitan birds including the rails, coots, limpkins, button quails, sun grebes, and cranes.
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Gruiformes

 

a broad order of birds of very diversified morphology and way of life. They are predominately marsh and ground birds; less frequently, they nest in trees. The order has approximately 190 species belonging to 13 families: Mesitotnithidae, Turnicidae, Pedionomidae, Gruidae, Aramidae, Psophiidae, Rallidae, Heliornithidae, Rhynochetidae, Eurypgidae, Cariamidae, Otididae, and Burhinidae.

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