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Even the Fowl and Peacock Order of Birds becomes in South America more strictly arboreal than elsewhere (being represented by the Curassows); and the very geese find there a congener (Palamedea) specially adapted to dwell in trees, and destitute (like the Frog Phyllomedusa before mentioned) of a web-like membrane between the toes.
It was, we found, the anhima of the Brazils, known also as the horned kamichi, or, more learnedly, _Palamedea_.
On the shores of a sand-bank, flocks of wild gulls may be seen flying overhead uttering their well-known cries, sandpipers coursing along the edge of the water, here and there lonely wading birds stalking about, and among them the curious Palamedea cornuta -- the anhima of the
Penelope, Psophia, and Palamedea), all of which are so remote from the gallinaceous types found farther north, that they remind one quite as much of the bustard, and other ostrich-like birds, as of the hen and pheasant.