Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Caricma (Dicholoplus cristatus - Palamedra cristata), an aberrant genus placed by some authorities with the Game-birds and by others with the Hawks. The single species is a bustard-like bird from the plains of Brazil and Paraguay, feeding on lizards, snails, insects, and probably seeds. Its total length is about 32 in.; it has a thin crest, and the nape is clothed with long loose erectile feathers. The general plumage is pale brown, with irregular splashes of darker hue; under parts greyish white, bill red, legs orange.