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Local animals in this group:

hummingbirds and swifts

Apodiformes

There are over 420 species in this order of birds. Swifts are found all over the world while hummingbirds are only found in North, Central, and South America. Swifts and hummingbirds are very small birds with pointed wings and tiny legs and feet. In fact, the name Apodi- means without feet. These birds spend almost all their time flying.

 
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. "Apodiformes" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed October 23, 2017 at http://www.biokids.umich.edu/accounts/Apodiformes/

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