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Brachypteraciidae (groundrollers; class Aves, order Coraciiformes) A family of brightly coloured, long-legged, short-winged birds, which have the anterior toes joined at the base. They are ground-dwelling in humid forest, except for Uratelornis chimaera (long-tailed groundroller), which inhabits arid desert. They are insectivorous, also taking small amphibians and reptiles. There are three genera, with five species, found only in Madagascar.