Subfamily PHOENICOPHAINAE

The present subfamily contains a group of Cuckoos of very inferior powers of flight, and for the most part inhabitants of thick bush. Many of them feed on the ground, a few are frugivorous. Only one genus, Eudynamis, which is in_ other respects aberrant, has parasitic nesting-habits and lays coloured eggs; all the others make nests and hatch their eggs like other birds, and have white eggs.

The tarsus in this subfamily is always naked, the wing short and rounded, the tail generally long, well graduated, and broad. In many of the genera the plumage of the head and neck is spiny. The accessory femoro-caudal muscle is present, and the pectoral tract of feathers on each side divides, opposite the articulation of the humerus, into two branches, which terminate separately.

Key to the Genera.

a. Tail and wing subequal in length; head-feathers not spiny ………………………EUDYNAMIS, p. 228.
b. Tail much longer than wing; head-feathers spiny.
a1. Claws of all toes similar.
a2. Feathers of back and breast not spiny.
a3. Bill red throughout; general colour above grey………………………ZANCLOSTOMUS, p. 230.
b3. Bill partly or wholly green.
a4. Culmen much curved throughout: sexes alike in plumage.
a5. Tail-feathers with white tips.
a6. Naked sides of face not united across forehead………………………RHOPODYTES, p. 230.
B6. Naked sides of face united………………………PHCENICOPHAES,P.234.
b5. No white on tail-feathers………………………RHAMPHOCOCCYX,
b4. Culmen almost straight except at tip: sexes dissimilar………………………RHINORTHA, p. 236. [p. 235.
b2. Breast and back-feathers spiny, colour brownish………………………TACCOCUA, p. 237.
b1. Claw of hallux much lengthened and nearly straight ………………………CENTROPUS, p. 239.

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 PHOENICOPHAINAE
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
227
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
1566

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