order Apodiformes


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Noun1.order Apodiformes - swiftsorder Apodiformes - swifts; hummingbirds      
animal order - the order of animals
Aves, class Aves - (ornithology) the class of birds
apodiform bird - nonpasserine bird having long wings and weak feet; spends much of its time in flight
Apodidae, family Apodidae - swifts; in former classifications included in the order Coraciiformes
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vociferus Wilson, whip-poor- I C will Chordeiles minor (Forster), I O common nighthawk Order Apodiformes (swifts and hummingbirds) Family Apodidae (swifts) Chaetura pelagica (Linnaeus), I A chimney swift Family Trochilidae (hummingbords) Archilochus colubris (Linnaeus), I C ruby-throated hummingbird Selasphorus rufus (Gmelin), I R rufous hummingbird Order Coraciiformes (todies, motmots, and kingfishers) Family Alcedinidae (kingfishers) Ceryle alcyon (Linnaeus), belted I O kingfisher Order Piciformes (woodpeckers and allies) Family Picidae (woodpeckers) Colaptes auratus (Linnaeus), I C northern flicker Dryocopus pileatus (Linnaeus), I O pileated woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus (Linnaeus), I C red-bellied woodspecker M.
Later, when scanning the literature, I discovered that early naturalists had harbored the same mistaken notion, and some had placed the bird in the order Apodiformes, which means "without feet.