Himantopus =a. kind of water-bird, in Oppian (circ. A.d. 180); from =a thong, and =a foot.
Bill twice as long as head. Nasal groove extends half-way to tip of bill. Plumage black and white. First quill longest. Remiges twenty-nine. Long thin legs, tarsi reticulated throughout. No hind toe, fourth joined to third by broad web, third to second by narrow web. Found in most parts of the globe. Breed in north region of N. Africa. Barely if ever swim. When flying have peculiar Tern-like call.