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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,
Fifteen species; in grasslands and brush; southern Europe, Asia, Africa, and
Australia; body length 11-19 cm. Family Pedionomidae (plains wanderer). No
fossil record. Similar to button quails, but differs in the following details: hallux
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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