Distinguished from Turnix by having a small hind toe.
P. torquatus. The Collared Plain Wanderer from Australia. male 5.8". Neck-collar buff. Upper chest washed bright buff. female 6.3". Neck-collar black feathers, white tipped. Neck and upper chest rust colour. Chin and mid-throat white. (O.G. ii. 283-291.)
GRALLATORES. SHORE BIRDS. Waders.
The term GRALLATORES (derived from gradior, to take steps) is applied by ornithologists to the Shore Birds, from their stalking, walking, or wading. Shore Birds frequent edges of rivers, seas, lakes, and a few dry plains and deserts; they feed on fish, reptiles, molluscs, insects, and a few on vegetable matter. In large numbers there is a vernal moult, and plumage changes considerably, in many becoming more or less black, in others rufous.
Lower part of tibia bare. Tarsus elongated. Wings usually long. Tail usually short. Bill straight or inclining. Outer toe usually joined to middle one by short web, and to inner toe occasionally. In a few, toes are bordered by loose web. ALL FLY WELL, WITH LEGS OUT BEHIND.