Subfamily HAEMATOPODINAE

The four genera here brought together are not usually associated, and it is doubtful whether they are really allied. All are long-billed birds, and all have the tarsus reticulated. All, too, show a certain similarity of Coloration, black and white or grey. The eggs of Haematopus, Himantopus, and Recurvirostra are very similar; those of Ibidorhynchus are unknown. None has a distinct summer plumage, thus differing from all the Totaninae and most of the Charadriinae: At the same time, it must be remarked that the bill of the Oystercatcher differs considerably in structure from that of the other three genera.

Key to the Genera.

a. Bill straight, no hind toe.
a1. Bill compressed, stout, longer than tarsus…………………………HAEMATOPUS, p. 245.
b1. Bill slender, much shorter than tarsus…………………………HIMANTOPUS, p. 240.
b. Bill curved upwards; a hind toe…………………………RECURVIROSTRA, p. 248.
c. Bill curved downwards ; no hind toe…………………………IBIDORHYNCHUS, p. 249.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
Subfamily HAEMATOPODINAE
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
245
Volume: 
Vol. 4
id: 
2088

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