Genus ROSTRATULA

Bill slender and long, but shorter than in Gallinago generally; the tip slightly swollen and bent downward, not pitted; both mandibles grooved at the side; nostrils basal. Legs of moderate length ; toes long, tibia naked for a considerable distance. Wings ample, rather short and broad, first and second quills subequal and longest. Tail of 14 feathers. Sexes different in plumage.

A non-migratory genus of weak flight, with the sexes differing in plumage when adult. Three species are known, one peculiar to Australia, a second found in South America, whilst the third inhabits India and Africa.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
Genus ROSTRATULA
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
293
M_ID: 
4136
M_SN: 
Rostratula
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2145

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