The Cuculiformes are represented by a single family, the Cuculidae (cuckoos). The phylogeny is not well founded, and the divergence times are still obscure: 

Phylogeny of Cuculidae, with the distribution of each taxon being indicated by the colour-code used throughout this website (see Distribution code). Subfamily interrelations are based on Sorenson & Payne (2005), Prum et al. (2015), and Wang et al. (2016).


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