This is almost entirely an Ethiopian genus, no less than seven species being known from Tropical and Southern Africa, whilst a solitary species, of great rarity, is peculiar to a small portion of the Indian Peninsula. From Cursorius the present form is only distinguished by having the bill shorter than the head, straight, and somewhat broader at the base, a rounder wing, with the 2nd and 3rd primaries longest, and a band across the breast; the differences being scarcely of generic value. The eyes are large, and the bird may perhaps have crepuscular habits.
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
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