Suborder ROSTRATULAE.

Suborder ROSTRATULAE.

The remarkable genus which constitutes this Suborder is very difficult to place. Its natural affinities seem to be with the Rails, whilst its anatomical characters show it to be a more or less halfway house between the Grallae and the Limicolae. It is probably a bird which has been derived very low down from the same branch as that from which both the Rallidae and the Limicolae have sprung and in consequence has many of the primitive characters shown in one or the other, or both, of these two orders.

The one genus, Rostratula, is schizorhinal; the sternum has two notches on the posterior border as in the Jacanae and Grues; the oil-gland is tufted as in the Grallae generally as well as many of the Limicolae; there are two carotids; the ambiens muscle is present and the caeca are well developed.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.6 1929.
Title in Book: 
Suborder ROSTRATULAE.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1929
Page No: 
44
Volume: 
Vol. 6
id: 
4821

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