Subfamily BRACHYPTERYGINAE

The subfamily Brachypteryginae forms a group of birds which, iu addition to possessing the general characters of the family, are specially recognizable by their long legs and short tails. In habits they are terrestrial, and nearly all of them are skulkers in thick brushwood.

This subfamily connects the Turdidae with the Crateropodidae. Its members have still, in great measure, the habits of Thrushes, but the young have emancipated themselves from the mottled plumage. With two exceptions the adults have given up their migratory habits, and the two sexes of many of them have the plumage alike. The eggs of nearly all the species, so far as they are known, are spotted.

Key to the Genera.

a. Tail much longer than tarsus.
a1. Tail hut little graduated or nearly square, outer feathers falling short of tip of tail by less than half the Length of tarsus.
a2. Tail not less than twice the Length of tarsus.
a3. Second primary equal to or exceeding the longest secondaries.
a4. First primary longer than half the second…………….MYIOPHONEUS, p. 178.
b4. First primary shorter than half the second…………….LARVIVORA, p. 181.
b3. Second primary much shorter than the longest secondaries.
c4. Nostrils round…………….ARRENGA, p. 183.
d4. Nostrils long ovals…………….BRACHYPTERYX, p. 184.
b2. Tail much shorter than twice the Length of tarsus…………….DRYMOCHARES, p. 186.
b1. Tail greatly graduated, outer feathers falling short of tip of tail by as much as Length of tarsus.
c2. Nostrils roundish ovals, pierced in the anterior corner of the membrane…………….HODGSONIUS, p. 189.
d2. Nostrils linear, pierced along the lower edge of the covering membrane…………….ELAPHRORNIS, p. 190.
b. Tail much shorter than tarsus.
e2. Breadth of bill at the nostrils greater than its depth…………….TESIA, p. 191.
f2. Breadth of bill at the nostrils equal to its depth…………….OLIGURA, p. 193.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
Subfamily BRACHYPTERYGINAE
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
177
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
252

Add new comment

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith