Dromas Paykull, K. Svensk. Vet.-Ak. Nya Handl., xxvi, pt. 3, p. 182 (1805).
Type by moo., Dromas ardeola Paykull.
Bill longer than the head, strong, smooth and compressed; culmen regularly curved ; no groove, the nostril being placed in a small depression near the base of the bill; the angle of the lower mandible prominent and close to the base; wing long and pointed, the first primary longest; tail very slightly graduated; tarsi long, shielded in front and behind; half the tibia bare; toes long, the third and fourth joined by a broad web, the second and third by a small one; middle claw broadened and pectinated or notched on the inner dilatation; feathers of interscapulary region lengthened and covering the back.