What are the general characteristics of members of the class aves?

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Mar 30, 2018


Aves is a class in the subphylum Vertebrata of the phylum Chordata and consist of bipedal, feathered and warm blooded animals.


The general characteristics of class Aves are:

  • spindle shaped body with four divisions - head, neck, trunk & tail
  • forelimbs modified for flying
  • epidermal covering of feathers and leg scales
  • presence of beak or bill
  • fully ossified skeleton with air cavities
  • well developed nervous system
  • 4 chambered heart
  • endodermis, warm blooded
  • sexes separate, fertilization internal
  • semisolid urine, main nitrogenous waste is uric acid