Family OEDICNEMIDAE

Holorhinal ; nostrils pervious ; no basipterygoid processes. Cervical vertebrae 16. No hind toe, the three anterior toes united by a membrane at the base ; tarsus long, reticulated all round. Spinal feather-tract not forked on the upper back. Eyes very large, the birds being, to a considerable extent, nocturnal. They build no nest and lay on the ground two eggs, stone-coloured and double-spotted. The nestling is covered with down of a sandy colour with two black lines down the back.

The Stone-Curlews or Stone-Plovers have a great resemblance to Bustards, and are associated with them by some naturalists. They are, however, far more nearly allied to the Plovers. Two genera occur in India.

Key to the Genera.

a. Bill not longer than head, and not compressed…………………………OEDICNEMUS, p. 203,
b. Bill much longer than head and compressed…………………………ESACUS, p. 205.

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: 
Family OEDICNEMIDAE
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
203
M_ID: 
3902
M_SN: 
Burhinidae
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2031

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