Subfamily MERGINAE

Subfamily MERGINAE.

In this subfamily the bill is not depressed but is subconical or subcylindrical; the tip is hooked; the lamellae are replaced by tooth-like non-pliant serrations- the tarsi are placed very far back, the feet are large, the hind toe well developed and with a broad lobe. There are two genera represented in India.

Key to Genera.

A. Culmen not longer than tarsus; tail of sixteen feathers………… Mergellus, p. 466.
B. Culmen much longer than tarsus; tail of eighteen feathers………… Mergus, p. 468.

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 MERGINAE
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1929
Page No: 
465
Volume: 
Vol. 6
id: 
5302

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