Subfamily PICUMNINAE

This subfamily consists of the smallest forms of the group, distinguished by having flexible tail-feathers and short tails, by their nostrils being always covered with dense plumes and bristles, and, according to Mr. W. Kitchen Parker, by a less developed type of palatal structure. The Picumninae or Piculets, as they have been called, climb less and perch more than the true Woodpeckers, which, however, they resemble in food and in nidification. They are found in the Oriental region, Africa, and South America. Two genera are Indian.

Key to the Genera.

Toes 4; orbital region feathered…………………….PICUMNUS, p. 75.
Toes 3; orbital region naked …………………….SASIA, p. 77.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
Subfamily PICUMNINAE
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
75
Volume: 
vol. 3
id: 
1369

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