Ocean City Birds, Birding and Ornithology

Welcome to the Ocean City Birds and Ornithology page, here we will document through photographs and videos the Birds we have found around the Ocean City Maryland USA area…

What are Birds and Ornithology?

Birds (Latin: Aves) are feathered, winged, two-legged, warm-blooded, egg-laying vertebrates. Modern birds are characterised by feathers, a beak with no teeth, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a lightweight but strong skeleton. Read more… Click Here!

Ornithology is a branch of zoology that concerns the study of birds. Read more… Click Here!

The Scientific Classification or Taxonomy of Birds

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Ornithurae
Class: Aves

There are forty (40) Subclasses or Orders of Birds (Aves) according to the ITIS Standard Report. (Though according to Birds.com there are only 23 Orders? More research is needed) Orders are subdivided into families, of which there are 142. Next comes the subset genus, of which there are 2,057. And, then into Species, of which there are 9,702. Read more… Click Here!

Accipitriformes – éperviers, Hawks
Anseriformes – Ducks, Geese, Screamers, Swans, Waterfowl, canards, cygnes, oies, sauvagine
Apodiformes – Swifts, Hummingbirds
Apterygiformes – Kiwis
Bucerotiformes – Hornbills, Ground Hornbills, Wood Hoopoes, Hoopoes
Caprimulgiformes – Nightjars, Potoos
Cariamiformes – Red-legged seriema, Black-legged seriema
Casuariiformes – Cassowaries, Emus
Charadriiformes – Shore Birds, Gulls, Alcids, Plovers, Oystercatchers, goélands, alcidés, Auks, huîtriers
Ciconiiformes – Storks, cigognes
Coliiformes – Colies
Columbiformes – Doves, colombes, pigeons
Coraciiformes – Kingfishers, Rollers, martins-pêcheurs
Cuculiformes – Cuckoos, coucoua
Eurypygiformes – Sunbittern, Kagu
Falconiformes – Falcons, Falconiforms, faucons
Galliformes – Fowls, Gallinaceous Birds, gallinacées, volaille
Gaviiformes – Loons, huarts
Gruiformes – Cranes, Rails, grues, râles
Leptosomiformes – Cuckoo-Roller
Mesitornithiformes – Mesites
Musophagiformes – Turacos
Opisthocomiformes – Hoatzin
Otidiformes – Bustards
Passeriformes – Perching Birds, passereaux
Pelecaniformes – Pelicans, pélicans, Ibises, ibis, Herons, hérons
Phaethontiformes – Tropicbirds
Phoenicopteriformes – Flamingos, flamants
Piciformes – Woodpeckers, pic-bois
Podicipediformes – Grebes, grèbes
Procellariiformes – Tube-nosed Swimmers, albatros, tubinares, pétrels
Psittaciformes – Parrots, perroquets
Pteroclidiformes – Sandgrouse
Rheiformes = Rheas
Sphenisciformes – Penguins, pingouins
Strigiformes – Owls, chouettes, engoulevents, hiboux, Goatsuckers
Struthioniformes – Ostriches, Cassowaires, Emus, Kiwis, Rheas
Suliformes – Cormorants, cormorans
Tinamiformes – Tinamous
Trogoniformes – Trogons

How Many Species Of Birds Are In Maryland?

According to the Department of Natural Resources the State of Maryland has 436 recorded bird species. That is less than 5% of the total number of birds species currently living in the world.

Baltimore Bird Club Organization lists these as the Birds of Maryland… Click Here!

Ocean City Birds and Ornithology

Here are the Subclasses (Orders) we have found in Ocean City MD:

Snow Geese on Little Assawoman Bay, Fenwick Island Delaware House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) | Ocean City Aves Passeriformes Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) | Ocean City Birds (Aves)
Anseriformes
Ducks, Geese, Swans…
Passeriformes
Perching Birds
Pelecaniformes
Herons, Pelicans, Ibis…
Eastern Screech Owl | Ocean City Owls
Strigiformes
Owls

Meet one of our Ocean City Birds below, the Great Blue Heron, many herons frequent the Ocean City area in the many inlets on the bay side of the peninsula all year-round.

To learn more about the birds of the Ocean City area just click the link above for the type of bird you are interested in. This is an ongoing project, we’d love to add your photographs and videos of the birds, and all the wildlife, you have the opportunity to capture, click here and fill in the form at the bottom of the page.

> Order: Pelecaniformes > Family: Ardeidae > Genus: Ardea > Species: A. herodias >
> Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
– Photographer: Robert J Banach
– Date: Nov. 16, 2014
– Location: Deep Water Lagoon, Northside Park, Ocean City, MD USA [Map]

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) | Ocean City Birds
Learn more about Great Blue Herons… Click Here!

 

Learn More About Birds

Wikipedia | All About Birds | National Geographic | Audubon | Birds.com | 10,000 Birds

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