This superorder comprises just two orders:

Timetree of Mirandornithes based on Jarvis et al. (2014), Prum et al. (2015), and Kuhl et al. (2021), with the distribution of each family being indicated by the colour-code used throughout this website (see Distribution code).   


Jarvis, E.D., S. Mirarab, A.A. Aberer, et al. (2014), Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds, Science 346,

1320-1331. (pdf)

Kuhl, H., C. Frankl-Vilches, A. Bakker, G. Mayr, G. Nikolaus, S.T. Boerno, S. Klages, B. Timmermann, and M. Gahr (2021), An unbiased molecular approach

 using 3'UTRs resolves the avian family-level tree of life, Mol. Biol. Evol. 38(1), 108-127. DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msaa191. (pdf)

Mayr, G. (2004), Morphological evidence for sister group relationship between flamingos (Aves: Phoenicopteridae) and grebes (Podicipedidae), Zool. J. Linn.

Soc. 140, 157-169. (pdf)

Prum, R.O., J.S. Berv, A. Dornburg, D.J. Field, J.P. Townsend, E.M. Lemmon and A.R. Lemmon (2015), A comprehensive phylogeny of birds (Aves) using

targeted next-generation DNA sequencing, Nature 526, 569-57. (abstract)

van Tuinen, M., D.B. Butvill, J.A.W. Kirsch, and S.B. Hedges (2001), Convergence and divergence in the evolution of aquatic birds, Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B268,

1345-1350. (pdf)