Order Charadriiformes

Family Pedionomidae

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Traditionally placed in Gruiformes, in close association with Turnicidae, but genetic data#R#R#R#R indicate that it is sister to Thinocoridae, both belonging to the scolopacine radiation of the Charadriiformes.

  • Small, quail-like terrestrial birds, with slim bill and very short tail; unlike Turnicidae, hind toe present.
  • Australia.
  • Sparse native grasslands.
  • 15-19 cm.
  • 1 genus, 1 species, 1 taxon.
  • 1 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Baker-Gabb, D.J. & Bonan, A. (2019). Plains-wanderer (Pedionomidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52245 on 11 December 2019).