Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n kagu A remarkable grallatorial bird, Rhinochetus jubatus, the sole member of the family Rhinochetidæ peculiar to New Caledonia. It is an isolated form, without very near relatives, in some respects intermediate between herons and rails. It is gray, paler below, with dark cross-marks on the wings and tail; the bill and feet are red; and the nape has a pendent crest. It is nocturnal, inhabits mountain ravines, lives chiefly on animal food, runs rapidly like a rail, has a habit of standing a long time motionless like a heron, and emits a guttural cry. Also kagou.