from The Century Dictionary.

  • A superfamily of tenuirostral picarian birds, approaching the passerines in many respects, but most nearly related to the hornbills, containing both the terrestrial and the arboricole hoopoes (not the plume-birds: see Epimachinæ). The group is peculiar to the Old World, and is chiefly African. There are 2 families, Upupidæ and Irrisoridæ.


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