Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. (Psalms 40:5 KJV)
I have been working away on the different families of the Birds of the World. In the last few days, I was able to complete three more families at 100% and have one that needs five more images. Three of them have at least a photo or drawing of each of them. 100% done. That is a nice feeling. What beautiful birds are in those families. When the Lord created the birds, He used much variety in sizes, behaviors and colors. Even though it takes lots of time, it is enjoyable to be able to view so many of them. I am keeping an Excel spreadsheet of the families that shows each family, the number of species, how many are needed, and number seen so far. There are “10,476 extant species and 149 extinct species classified in 40 Orders, 231 Families (plus 6 Incertae Sedis) and 2268 Genera.” (IOC 3.3 Version) according to the IOC statement. Yet, when you add up the number of species of each family, they add up to 10,615. (10476+149=10,625) Somewhere there are 10 miscounted birds. Either way (10615 or 10,625), thats a lot of birds that are flying around the world for all of us to enjoy watching.
Alcedinidae – Kingfishers – 95 Species
Acanthizidae – Australasian Warblers – 65 Species
Zosteropidae – White-eyes – 128 Species
The Pigeon and Doves have five photos that need to be found. After extensive search, they are still avoiding all the great photographers and artists out there. If any know of a source for these evaders, please leave a comment as to where to find a link to them. At least looking through these inspired the Birds of the Bible – Coat of Many Colors article.
Columbidae – Pigeons, Doves – 335 Species
** Need Photo **
- Ryukyu Wood Pigeon (Columba jouyi †) Extinct
- Rodrigues Pigeon (Nesoenas rodericana †) Extinct
- Sulu Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba menagei)
- Mindanao Brown Dove (Phapitreron brunneiceps)
- Comoros Green Pigeon (Treron griveaudi)
Below are a few of the birds from each family.
Click on any of the Families to see the complete list of the species.