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; class Aves)

A large, diverse order that contains 14 families of birds that live on, or near, water, and whose young are active and covered in down at hatching: Jacanidae, Rostratulidae, Haematopodidae, Charadriidae, Scolopacidae, Dromadidae, Burhinidae, Glareolidae, Thinocoridae, Chionididae, Stercorariidae, Laridae, Rhynchopidae, and Alcidae. Some authorities also include the Recurvirostridae (avocets, stilts) as a family within this order.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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