Afroaves is a recently defined clade of birds, consisting of the kingfishers and kin (Coraciiformes), woodpeckers and kin (Piciformes), raptors (Accipitriformes) and the owls and mousebird and kin (Strigimorphae). They appear to be the sister group of Australaves.
Cladogram of Afroaves relationships based on Jarvis, E.D. et al. (2014) with some clade names after Yury, T. et al. (2013).
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