Subfamily TRINGINAE

Subfamily TRINGINAE.

The different genera in this Subfamily agree in having a slender and often rather lengthened bill, well-provided with nerves. Except in Numenius, in which the back of the tarsus is reticulated, the tarsus is scutellated or transversely shielded both in front and behind. There is a distinct Summer and Winter plumage and the sexes are nearly always alike, except in the one genus Philomachus.

Key to Genera.

A. Bill long and curving downward......................NUMENIUS, p. 200.
B. Bill straight or curving slightly upwards.
a. Bill longer than tail.
a1. Bill not broader at the end......................LIMOSA, p. 205.
b1. Bill broader at the end and pitted ......................LIMNODROMUS, p. 209.
b. Bill not longer than tail.
c1. Bill nearly twice as long as tarsus......................XENUS, p. 211.
d1. Bill shorter than tarsus or not much longer.
a2. Sexes alike.
a3. Bill straight......................TRINGA, p. 214.
b3. Bill curved upwards......................GLOTTIS, p. 224.
b2. Sexes not alike in breeding-season......................Philomachus, p. 228.

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.6 1929.
Title in Book: 
Subfamily TRINGINAE
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1929
Page No: 
199
Volume: 
Vol. 6
id: 
5016

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