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.