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Neognathae (Typical Birds)

  1. Allison V Andors

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001551



How to Cite

Andors, A. V. 2001. Neognathae (Typical Birds). eLS. .

Author Information

  1. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


The Neognathae comprise a superorder of flying, or secondarily flightless, birds in the class Aves and subclass Neornithes. They are characterized by possession of a keeled sternum and of a bony palate of the neognathous type.


  • neognathae;
  • palaeognathae;
  • neornithes;
  • aves;
  • birds