; class Aves, order Ciconiiformes)
A monospecific family (Scopus umbretta), which is a medium-sized, brown bird with a large head and a long neck crest, a long, stout bill, long wings, and a long tail. Its legs are fairly long, with partially webbed toes, the middle one being pectinate. It inhabits marshes and streams near trees, feeds on amphibians, fish, and insects, and builds a large, roofed nest in a tree. It is found in Africa.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.