coraciiform bird


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Noun1.coraciiform bird - chiefly short-legged arboreal nonpasserine birds that nest in holes
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
Coraciiformes, order Coraciiformes - rollers; kingfishers; hornbills; hoopoes; motmots; bee eaters; todies
roller - Old World bird that tumbles or rolls in flight; related to kingfishers
kingfisher - nonpasserine large-headed bird with a short tail and long sharp bill; usually crested and bright-colored; feed mostly on fish
bee eater - colorful chiefly tropical Old World bird having a strong graceful flight; feeds on especially bees
hornbill - bird of tropical Africa and Asia having a very large bill surmounted by a bony protuberance; related to kingfishers
hoopoe, hoopoo - any of several crested Old World birds with a slender downward-curved bill
wood hoopoe - tropical African bird having metallic blackish plumage but no crest
momot, motmot - tropical American bird resembling a blue jay and having greenish and bluish plumage
tody - tiny insectivorous West Indian bird having red-and-green plumage and a long straight bill
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Some evidence suggests that the thermoregulatory physiology of coraciiform birds in general may be unusual.
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.
Fossil evidence indicates that coraciiform birds were much more widespread during the early Tertiary period, when global climates were warm and tropical in nature (Feduccia 1996).