Order Caprimulgiformes

Family Apodidae

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  • Small to medium-sized aerial birds with long, narrow wings and short, thin legs, but strong toes with sharp claws; plumage generally rather drab.
  • Cosmopolitan.
  • Wide variety of habitats, usually not far from water.
  • 9-25 cm.
  • 19 genera, 97 species, 286 taxa.
  • 11 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.