Subfamily SCOLOPACINAE

The Woodcocks and Snipes have the toes free like Tringa, but they are distinguished by a very different style of plumage, which does not change with the seasons, and by their large eyes placed far backward in the head, the ear-orifice being just beneath the hinder edge of the orbit. The bill is long, slender, and largely provided with nerves ; whilst the tarsus is short, not exceeding the middle toe and claw in length.

All the members of this subfamily have crepuscular or nocturnal habits. Rostratula (Rhynchaea) is an aberrant form.

Key to the Genera.

a. Sexes similar in plumage ; bill straight.
a1. Tibia feathered throughout; no longitudinal pale stripes ; occiput and nape transversely striped …………………………SCOLOPAX, p. 283.
b1. Tibia partly naked ; longitudinal pale stripes on crown and scapulars…………………………GALLINAGO, p. 285.
b. Sexes different; bill curved downwards at tip…………………………ROSTRATULA, p. 293,

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 SCOLOPACINAE
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
283
Volume: 
Vol. 4
id: 
2136

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