Ibidorhyncha Gould, Century Birds, pl. 19 (1831).
Type by mon., Ibidorhyncha struthersii Gould.
This very curious genus still requires considerable study before its position can be finally settled. Pending this I follow Lowe in retaining it hi the Vanellinae.
The bill is hard, long, slender and curved downwards over nearly half its length; the nostril is linear and is placed at the base of the bill in a groove which extends over more than half the length of the bill; the tarsi are comparatively short and reticulated throughout; there is no hind toe; the outer and middle toes are-connected by a deeply-indented small web but that between the middle and inner toes is obsolete; the wing is very square, the first three primaries subequal and the inner secondaries almost as long.