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Psophiidae (trumpeters; class Aves, order Gruiformes) A family of large, rounded birds which have short, stout bills, long necks, rounded wings, short tails, and long legs. Their plumage is mainly black, with a purple gloss on the neck, and the head and neck feathers are very soft. Feathers on the back and inner wings have long, hair-like strands, and are white, grey, or brown. Trumpeters are gregarious and terrestrial, rarely flying, inhabit forests, feed on insects and vegetable matter, and nest in tree holes. There is one genus, psophia, with three species, found in S. America.