Neornithes memuat segala jenis burung. Divergensi paling purba dalam Neornithes adalah antara Paleognathae (ratites dan tinamous) dan Neognathae yang memuat dua taksa utama Galloanserae dan Neoaves

Pohon evolusi Neornithes terbagi atas dua dahan

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