Africa, as a piece of Gondwana long glued onto Laurasia, has a quite interesting diveristy of birds.  The ethiopian continent possess the normal assembledge of raptors, parrots, and wading birds, but is also home to a number of African-derived bird clades, most notably Allospiziformes (see below).
    There is some evidence to suggest picifoms have invaded Africa, though not to the same extent as Home-Earth.

    New studies revealed the existence of some piciform species in Africa, mainly due to call and sight reports. Probably both south American and African species share a common ancestor or they can just be two different groups that experienced convergent evolution. These birds were recently named "Afrogemmidae" as a male specimen of a new undescribed species has been collected. Further studies, mainly DNA hybridisation processes may prove that this African group is related to the fairy-barbets of South America.

(Text by João Boto and Daniel Bensen)
    Otherworld finches, cityfinches, crackers, & outlaws are the dominant small-bodied seedeating birds of Specworld, with over 2,300 species worldwide in 19 families. Their anatomy shows similarities to both the psittaciformes and the cuculiformes (as well as several unique features) and may form a link between these two avian clades.

    Otherworld finches and their kin can be found on every continent (1 species makes an incredible annual migration from South America to South Georgia, Antarctica) and most oceanic islands. The majority of species feed on seeds, nuts and fruits.

    Allospiziforms are tiny to medium-sized neognathous birds with zygodactylus feet. The  beak is usually stout and triangular and, as in parrots, has a moveable rostrum with a hinge-like articulation. Unlike parrots, they possess a well-developed caecum and a small cartialaginous tongue as well as having fewer cervical vertebrae (12-13).

    Allospizids, the Specworld finches, are small, dumpy birds and usually posses a robust parrot-like bill for cracking seeds. The 200 or so species in this family can be found throughout Africa and the entire Northern Hemisphere south of the Arctic. They build intricate, cup-like nests and have a melodious, chirruping song.

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