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Brief Summary

    Charadriiformes: Brief Summary
    provided by wikipedia

    Charadriiformes is a diverse order of small to medium-large birds. It includes about 350 species and has members in all parts of the world. Most Charadriiformes live near water and eat invertebrates or other small animals; however, some are pelagic (seabirds), some occupy deserts and a few are found in thick forest.

Comprehensive Description

Evolution

    Classification
    provided by World Register of Marine Species
    Charadriiformes are included in Ciconiiformes in the classification proposed by Sibley & Monroe (see here for the book, here for the classification), which was followed by ITIS. The classification does not seem to be followed by very many authors; we decided to use a more conservative classification for Aphia. Thanks to Luc Lens for advice on this.