Subfamily ARGUSIANINAE

Subfamily ARGUSIANINAE.

The present Subfamily consists of birds of grey plumage with ocelli of metallic colour, brilliant in the male but duller or obsolete in the female. The tail-feathers vary in number from twelve to twenty-four.

The sides of the head and face are more or less naked ; the tarsus is long and powerful, sometimes with one or more spurs, sometimes with none ; the plumage is very soft and lax.

The tail-moult commences at the third pair and then proceeds outwardly and inwardly simultaneously.

Key to Genera.

A.Secondaries longer than primaries; tail-feathers twelve............ARGUSIANUS, p. 286.
B.Secondaries no longer than primaries ; tail-feathers twenty to twenty-four...........POLYPLECTRON, p. 289.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.5 1928.
Title in Book: 
Subfamily ARGUSIANINAE
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1928
Page No: 
285
Volume: 
Vol. 5
id: 
4597

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