Coraciiformes 

The Coraciiformes is the order of birds that includes such families as the bee-eaters, hornbills, and kingfishers, making it one of my favorite orders of near passerine Aves!  We are continuing our discussion about birds in Vertebrate Osteology this week, but the most fascinating thing I have learned so far is that the quadrate and articular bones that comprise a bird’s jaw have evolved over time into the incus and malleus in mammals, bones which are located within the inner ear.  Crazy! 

The blue and white birds in the drawer are Ringed Kingfishers (Megaceryle torquata), and the beautiful orange and green bird in the row behind it is Rufous-capped Motmot (Baryphthengus ruficapillus).  On the left of the Motmot is a Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae), a carnivorous member of the kingfishers and another one of my favorite birds, though I may feel differently if I had to hear one all of the time!