coraciiform


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coraciiform

(ˌkɒrəˈsaɪɪˌfɔːm)
adj
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Coraciiformes, an order of birds including the kingfishers, bee-eaters, hoopoes, and hornbills
[C20: from New Latin Coracias name of genus, from Greek korakias a chough + -i- + -form; related to Greek korax raven]
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Some evidence suggests that the thermoregulatory physiology of coraciiform birds in general may be unusual.
Todies do not, therefore, employ the common coraciiform strategy of roosting in cavities or huddling, suggesting that todies may employ a mechanism for nocturnal energy conservation unlike that of many other coraciiform birds, Kepler (1972) suggested that these birds might engage in nocturnal torpor to conserve energy, and subsequent researchers have reported finding todies captured in mist nets in the early morning in an apparent state of torpor (A.
The primary goals of this study were: (1) to document the tody's metabolic characteristics; (2) to outline the fundamental characteristics of body temperature regulation in the tody; (3) to ascertain whether intra-island populations of the tody show evidence for climatic adaptation in body size and/or basal metabolic rate; and (4) to investigate possible modes of nocturnal energy conservation utilized by the tody, if any, as an alternative to the cavity-roosting or communal-roosting behavior exhibited by other coraciiform birds.