Suborder OTIDES.

The Bustards appear, to form a link between Bails and Cranes on one side and Plovers on the other, but are nearest on the whole to the Cranes. They are schizognathous and holorhinal, with 10 or 17 cervical vertebrae, and with two small notches on each side of the posterior border of the sternum. No oil-gland. Caeca long. There is no hallux, and the deep flexor tendons simply unite, and then the united tendon divides into three. Ambiens muscle, accessory femoro-caudal, semitendinosus, and accessory semitendinosus present; femoro-caudal wanting. A single family.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
Suborder OTIDES.
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
191
Volume: 
Vol. 4
id: 
2018

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