from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The typical genus of Plataleidæ, formerly conterminous with the family, now restricted to the Old World spoonbills, such as P. leucorodia, in which the intrathoracic parts of the trachea are peculiarly convoluted. Also
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- noun type genus of the Plataleidae
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A particularly detailed steamer-duck attack on a Shoveler Anas platalea was recorded by Nuechterlein & Storer (1985a), and I here summarise the account they describe on p. 89.