Subfamily RHYNCHOPINAE

Subfamily RHYNCHOPINAE.

SKIMMERS or SCISSORS-BILLS.

Bill much compressed. Upper mandible freely movable, and considerably shorter than the lower (the bill of the young when hatched resembles that of a Tern). Wing long, first primary longest. Tail short, slightly forked. Feet small, webs with concave edges. Temperate and tropical America, Africa, India, to Burma.

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 RHYNCHOPINAE
Book Author: 
A Le Messurier
Year: 
1904
Page No: 
229
Volume: 
4th ed.
id: 
13066

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