Families overview for this order

  • Large, heavily-built waterbirds with long, robust legs and small head and bill.
  • Neotropical Region.
  • Marshes, forests and savannas.

Results of genetic studies undertaken on Anseranas support the placement of the species within the order Anseriformes, but outside the family Anatidae#R#R#R.

  • Medium-sized to large waterbirds with plump body, short legs and flat, rounded bill.
  • Cosmopolitan, all regions except Antarctic.
  • Wide variety of aquatic habitats, mostly breeding on fresh water.