Palaelodidae

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Palaelodids
'Palaelodus ambiguus.jpg
Reconstructed skeleton of Palaelodus ambiguus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Phoenicopteriformes
Family: Palaelodidae
Stejneger, 1885
Genera

Adelalopus
Palaelodus
Megapaloelodus

Palaelodidae is a family of extinct birds in the group Phoenicopteriformes, which today is represented only by the flamingos.[1] They have been described as "swimming flamingos."

Three genera are recognised:

  • Adelalopus, called the "stout-legged flamingos" (Borgloon Early Oligocene of Hoogbutsel, Belgium)[2]
  • Palaelodus (Middle Oligocene -? Middle Pleistocene)
  • Megapaloelodus (Late Oligocene - Early Pliocene)

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