Plegadis Kaup., Skizz. Entwick. Nat. Syst., p. 82 (1829).
Type by mom, Tantalus falcinellus Linn.
In this genus the head is feathered except on the lores and a small area in front of the eye. The tarsi are lengthened and scutellated in front; the toes are long and slender; the bill is much more slender than in Pseudibis.
The single species contained in this genus has a wide range in Indo-Burma, Western Asia, Europe etc.