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Downy young black and white. Worldwide except North and Central America.
Five genera, 1 5 species (one extinct). Tribe Tachyerini (steamer ducks).
Ponderous birds with short wings; plumage mottled with no metallic colours,
Drawing by G. Tudor Charadrius and Vanellus, and in extinct genera of the
Scolopacidae and Charadriidae. Possible relatives of the jacanas were the
Rhegminornithidae from lower Miocene times of Florida; features of the
Four (or 5) genera, about 16 species; length about 30-80 cm; Australo-Papuan
region and Philippine Islands. Subfamily Micropsittinae (pygmy parrots) Tiny
parrots. Tail feathers short, with stiff shafts and pointed tips. One genus, 6 species
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