; class Aves, order Charadriiformes)
A family of rufous, greenish-brown, and black birds which have a medium-length bill, and broad wings. Their legs are long, with bare tibiae and extremely long toes and claws. They inhabit the marshy shores of lakes and streams, walk on surface vegetation, feed on insects, aquatic animals, and vegetation, and nest on floating plants. There are six genera, with eight species, found in Central and S. America, Africa, southern Asia, and Australasia.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.