Burhinus Illiger, Podr. Mam. et Aves, p. 250 (1811).
Type by mon., Charadrius magnirostris Lath.
Bill shorter than the head, stout, straight and broader at the base than high ; nostrils elongate and placed in a shallow groove ; eyes very large and Forehead high; wing long and pointed, the second primary longest; tail of twelve slightly graduated feathers; three toes only, the nail of the middle toe broad and dilated on the inner side.