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Charadriiformes
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous-Recent, 75–0Ma
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)
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Charadriiformes

Huxley, 1867
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Charadriiformes is a diverse order of small to medium-large birds. It includes about 350 species. It has members in all parts of the world. Most charadriiformes live near water and eat invertebrates or other small animals. However, some are pelagic (sea birds), some occupy deserts, and a few are found in thick forest.

Families in taxonomic order

This is a list of the charadriiform families, presented in taxonomic order.