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awkward waterbirds


**updated Feb. 2023**


Several related and unrelated families of birds that spend most of their time in or on the water, including:

the not-closely-related orders Podicipediformes (grebes) and Gaviiformes (loons),

plus order Gruiformes: rails & coots, limpkins, and cranes.


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grebes (order Podicipediformes, family Podicipedidae)


loons (order Gaviiformes, family Gaviidae)


rails, gallinules, and coots (order Gruiformes, family Rallidae)


limpkins (order Gruiformes, family Aramidae)