SUB-FAMILY, Falconinae

SUB-FAMILY, Falconinae.

Bill short, strongly curved and "hooked, the upper mandible with a sharp tooth (or sometimes two) over-lapping the lower one, which is short, truncated and slightly notched to receive the tooth of the upper mandible.

The wings are long, with the second quill -usually-longest, sometimes the third nearly equal to it, and one or two of the first quills are usually notched on their inner webs; the tail is moderately long, even, or very slightly rounded, and broad; the legs are short, muscular, and reticulated ; the toes lengthened, with the outer and inner one generally very unequal in length ; the claws sharp, well-curved, and somewhat retractile.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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SUB-FAMILY, Falconinae
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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