Subfamily TINAMINAE

Subfamily TINAMINAE.

With hind toe raised. Seven genera (sixty-two species), distinguished as under with— (i.) Ten tail-feathers, hidden by the upper tail-coverts.

The genus Tinamus, with tarsus rough behind, toes short, ten species, varying from 15"-21", and ranging from Mexico to Peru and Paraguay.

The genus Nothocercus, with toes, especially the middle one, long. Five species, varying from 12"-16 1/2". C. and N. of S. America.

The genus Crypturus, with tarsus smooth behind. Twenty-nine species, varying from 9"-13".. N. Mexico to Peru and Argentina.

(ii.) Tail-feathers rudimentary, and mixed with upper tail-coverts. Bill round, and tapering to a point

The germs Rhynchotus, hind toe rather long. Primaries uniform, rufous. Two species varying from 14"-17". Brazil and Bolivia to Argentina.

The genus Nothoprocta, hind toe short. Primaries not uniform, rufous. Eight species varying from 9 1/2"-13 1/2". Ecuador to Chili and Argentina.

Bill almost straight and not tapering.

The genus Nothura, with upper tail-coverts not very long. Seven species, varying from 7 1/2//- 11". S. Brazil and Bolivia to Patagonia.

The genus Taoniscus, with upper tail-coverts very long and abundant. One species, 6", Paraguay and S. Brazil.

BookTitle: 
Game, Shore And Water Birds Of India
Reference: 
Le Messurier, Augustus. Game, Shore, and Water Birds of India Fourth Edition, 1904.
Title in Book: 
Subfamily TINAMINAE
Book Author: 
A Le Messurier
Year: 
1904
Page No: 
54
Volume: 
4th ed.
id: 
12612

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