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the web of life in southern Africa

Order: Gruiformes (cranes, rails, crakes, flufftails, gallinules, moorhens, coots, finfoots, bustards, korhaans)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia > Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates)  > Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Teleostomi (teleost fish) > Osteichthyes (bony fish) > Class: Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish) > Stegocephalia (terrestrial vertebrates) > Tetrapoda (four-legged vertebrates) > Reptiliomorpha > Amniota > Reptilia (reptiles) > Romeriida > Diapsida > Archosauromorpha > Archosauria > Dinosauria (dinosaurs) > Saurischia > Theropoda (bipedal predatory dinosaurs) > Coelurosauria > Maniraptora > Aves (birds) 

Families indigenous to southern Africa

Otididae (bustards and korhaans)

Bustards and korhaans are found in open to lightly wooded habitats, and are found in many dry areas in southern Africa. They are omnivorous, feeding on a range of plant products and small animals, especially insects. Most species are polygynous, with the female solely incubating the eggs, and often caring for the chicks, although in the Eupodotis genus, the male participates as well. It lays 1-3, very rarely 6 eggs directly on the ground, often with enough surrounding vegetation to conceal the incubating female.

Gruidae (cranes)

Cranes can be found in many areas of southern Africa, and occur in a variety of habitats, although they are usually associated with marshes and wetlands, their preferred breeding place. They are omnivorous, feeding on a wide variety of plants and animals. They

Heliornithidae (finfoots)

Only one species in southern Africa, Podica senegalensis (African finfoot). 

Rallidae (rails, crakes, flufftails, gallinules, moorhens and coots)