Juneau Nature

Natural & cultural history of Juneau & Southeast Alaska

Juneau Nature - Natural & cultural history of Juneau & Southeast Alaska

Birds

Here, we’re treating basically the species who are so important to Southeast ecology, trophics, and culture that we’d feel negligent not bestowing a page or two.  There’s little I [RC] could contribute in the world of Southeast avifauna that my buddy Bob Armstrong hasn’t done better. For birds, and for that matter almost all things taxonomic (amphibians, birds, fish, plants, fungi, insects, other inverts, lichens, fungi, mammals), go to Bob’s fantastic website.

An older take on relationships among the class Aves. Every year, genetic findings force revisions to this tree. Those interested in finer details of avian taxonomy should consult more recent charts. For example, loons and grebes are no longer so closely branched. And waterfowl are no longer thought so close to herons.

An older take on relationships among the class Aves, based upon Welty & Babtista’s Life of Birds (1988).  Every year, genetic findings force revisions to this tree. Those interested in finer details of avian taxonomy should consult more recent charts. For example, loons and grebes are no longer so closely branched. And waterfowl aren’t considered so close to herons.

For the few, selected bird species we do include in juneaunature, Here’s a somewhat mongrelized heirarchy:

Birds

Waterbirds

Great blue heron

Songbirds

Raven

Other landbirds

Bald eagle