Suborder PLATALEA.

Suborder PLATALEA.

The members of this family are schizorhinal, an exceptional character among desmognathous birds, and the posterior portion of the mandible is prolonged behind the quadrate, as in the Anseres, and recurved. In the sternum there are four incisions, two on each side of the posterior border; the cervical vertebrae are seventeen in number; all the muscles of the thigh are present, including the accessory femoro-caudal, which is wanting in the Storks and Herons; a pair of intrinsic syringeal muscles (tracheo-bronchial) present as in the Ardea.

This suborder may be conveniently divided into two families.

Key to Families.

A. Bill straight, flattened and dilated at the end………………Plataleidae p. 311.
B. Bill curved downwards………………Ibididae p. 314.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.6 1929.
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Suborder PLATALEA.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Vol. 6

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