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Perching bird

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Perching bird
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Scientific Classification

Suborder Passeri (Passerida)

Suborder Passeri (Corvida)

Suborder Tyranni

Perching birds are any of the species of birds belonging to the taxonomic Order Passeriformes. They include the songbirds (members of the Suborder Passeri) and common varieties, such as the Raven and the Dove, which are both specifically mentioned within the Bible at the time of Noah's flood. Therefore we can be certain that there are numerous created kinds within this order.

This Family of birds has special feet designed for perching on branches. Also, members of this Order are carnivorous, and sometimes scavengers.


Birds in Passeriformes have a typical three-toed foot with an opposing claw to grip the branch with. For balance and aid in flight, the birds in Passeriformes have a 12 feathered tail usually, the number of feathers depending on the species. Their internal structure is also similar to most birds, including the unique oil glands.


Members of Passeriformes reproduce sexually. The two birds build a nest to keep the female's eggs safe, and to hold their young once they hatch. Some birds in Passeriformes mate for life, staying with the same partner year after year.


The birds in Passeriformes have a major part in the balance of their environment. They eat insects and some arachnids, keeping the level of the insects in the necessary balance for nature. The birds are typically small to be safe in the ecosystem they live in, with some exceptions, such as the eagle.

Dinosaur-Bird Evolution

Archaeopteryx is generally perceived as a perching bird by Creationists, based on anatomical structures. They deny that it could be a transitional form between dinosaurs and birds, insisting that it is fully bird. For example, its hip is that of a bird, not a dinosaur, and it has chest bones that are absent in dinosaurs but necessary in birds for flight. Archaeopteryx could flap its wings and fly, and it could perch on branches.

The Smithsonian has rebuked National Geographic for their sensationalistic propagandizing of proposed dinosaur-to-bird evolution here. A heavily-footnoted published article from the British Creation Society can be found here.

As with human "evolution," where finds are either fully human, fully ape, or a hoax combining the two, bird "evolution" has always been and will doubtlessly always continue to be fully bird, fully dinosaur, or a hoax.

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