Subfamily COCCOTHRAUSTINAE

The subfamily Coccothraustinae contains those Finches which are characterized by a very large bill. They are birds of considerable size and rather bright coloration, and in all the Indian species the sexes differ from each other. They have only one moult a year.

The Indian Grosbeaks are chiefly inhabitants of the higher parts of the Himalayas ; they live in forests, feed on stony fruits, and are mostly gregarious. They make, so far as is known, cup-shaped nests in trees and lay spotted eggs.

Key to the Genera.

a. Tips of later primaries and earlier secondaries square or sinuated; margin of upper mandible not toothed near gape……………………COCCOTHRAUSTES, p. 106.

b. Tips of later primaries and earlier secondaries rounded or pointed ; margin of upper mandible sinuated or toothed near gape.

a1. Difference between wing and tail hardly equal to tarsus……………………PYCNORHAMPHUS, p. 198.

b1. Difference between wing and tail about equal to twice tarsus……………………MYCEROBAS, p. 200.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
Subfamily COCCOTHRAUSTINAE
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
196
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
1012

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