Temporal range: Eocene to present
a California Condor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Accipitrimorphae
Order: Cathartiformes
Coues, 1884

The order Cathartiformes is an order of raptors or birds of prey that include the New World vultures and the now extinct teratornithidae.[1] Sometimes these raptors are classified in the related order Accipitriformes (which include the like eagles and hawks), but now they are consider a separate but closely related order.[2] In the past they were considered to be a sister group to the storks of the order Ciconiiformes based on DNA-DNA hybridization and morphology.[3][4]


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