from The Century Dictionary.

  • A family of pressirostral grallatorial birds, typified by the genus Otis; the bustards.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun A family of birds related to the cranes, most of which are large and ground-running, and comprising the bustards.

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  • proper noun A taxonomic family within the order Otidiformes — the bustards.

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  • noun bustards


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Otis +‎ -idae


  • Guinea-fowl (Numididae), bustards (Otididae), hornbills (Bucerotidae) and francolins Francolinus sp. are found throughout the park, and raptors such as vultures (Accipitridae), fish eagle Haliaeetus vocifer, martial eagle Polemaetus bellicosus, and Gobar goshawk Melieraz gabar are also common.

    'W' National Park, Niger

  • Hunting of waterfowl and gamebirds such as bustards (Otididae spp.) is intense.

    Middle East steppe

  • The structure of this pouch -- the existence of which in some examples has been well established -- is, however, variable; and though there is reason to believe that in one form or another it is more or less common to several exotic species of the family _Otididae_, it would seem to be as inconstant in its occurrence as in its capacity.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"


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