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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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." Nowadays, scientists classify hummingbirds in the family Trochilidae, in the order Trochiliformes.