; class Aves, order Charadriiformes)
A monotypic family (Dromas ardeola) which is a white, plover-like bird with a black back and black remiges and wing coverts. It has a medium-length, stout, black bill, and its legs are long with partially webbed toes and a pectinate middle claw. It is found on coastal shores, feeding on crabs, Crustacea, and molluscs, and nesting in a burrow, and occurs along Indian Ocean coasts from the Red Sea to Burma, and on Madagascar and other islands.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.