Suborder PERISTOROPODES.

Suborder PERISTOROPODES.

In this Suborder systematists generally include two families, the first the Megapodiidae or Megapodes, and the second the Cracidae or South American Curassows, which have a tufted oil-gland like the Gallinae. As only the Megapodes are represented in India we need not discuss their relationship to one another.

In the Peristoropodes the inner posterior notch on each side of the sternum is less than half its length ; the hallux or hind toe is on the same level as the front toes and its tarsal phalanx is equal to that of the third or middle front toe.

The Suborder, excluding the Cracidae, contains several genera which are found from the Nicobar Islands to the Celebes, New Guinea and Australia, one genus, Megapodius, only being represented within our area and that by one species only, which occurs in the Nicobars.

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: 
Suborder PERISTOROPODES.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1928
Page No: 
436
Volume: 
Vol. 5
id: 
4749

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