Subfamily ANHINGINAE

Subfamily ANHINGINAE.

Genus ANHINGA. Anhinga Brisson, Ornith., i, p. 60, vi, p. 476 (1760).

Type by taut., Plotus anhinga Linn.

In this genus the bill is slender, straight, very sharp-pointed,, with both margins of the commissure toothed near the tip; no lateral groove, the nostrils are small, basal and linear; neck very slender, with a bend at the 8th and 9th vertebrae which enables the bird, by suddenly straightening its neck, to transfix its fishy prey. The wings are pointed, third quill longest; scapulars elongate and lanceolate; tail of twelve long, rigid feathers and cuneate in shape.

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 ANHINGINAE
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1929
Page No: 
282
Volume: 
Vol. 6
id: 
5102

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