Family OPISTHOCOMIDAE

Family OPISTHOCOMIDAE.

Sexes similar. Elongated crest of stiff-shafted feathers. Sides of head naked. Tail of ten feathers. Fifth secondary quill present. Hind toe very long. The young are hatched naked. The thumb and first finger being provided with claws, enables them to climb and grasp the branches soon after they are hatched; the bill as well as the legs and wings being used for a similar purpose. They are able to swim and dive with facility. Eggs are double-spotted like those of a Rail and are laid in a nest of loose twigs built high up over water or soft mud. Only one genus from S. America.

O. hoazin. 23". Plumage dark brown, glossed olive. (O.G. ii. 259.)

BookTitle: 
Game, Shore And Water Birds Of India
Reference: 
Le Messurier, Augustus. Game, Shore, and Water Birds of India Fourth Edition, 1904.
Title in Book: 
Family OPISTHOCOMIDAE
Book Author: 
A Le Messurier
Year: 
1904
Page No: 
111
M_ID: 
5800
M_SN: 
Opisthocomidae
Volume: 
4th ed.
id: 
12765

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