Suborder PLATALEA.

The members of this suborder are schizorhinal (see p. 202), an exceptional character amongst desmognathous birds, and the posterior portion of the mandible is prolonged behind the quadrate, as in Anseres, and recurved. In the sternum there are two incisions on each side of the posterior border. Cervical vertebrae 17. All the muscles of the thigh present, including the accessory femoro-caudal, which is wanting in Storks and Herons. A pair of intrinsic syringeal (tracheo-bronchial) muscles present as in Ardeae*.

This suborder comprises two families:—
a. Bill curved downwards……………………Ibididae, p. 361.
b. Bill straight, flattened, dilated at the end……………………Plataleidae, p. 366.
* I am indebted to Mr. F. E. Beddard for this information. The muscles are usually stated to be wanting in the Ibises and Spoonbills, but were observed by Garrod in Platalea ajaja (P. Z. S. 1875, p. 299).

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
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Suborder PLATALEA.
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
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Vol. 4

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