Genus ACCIPITER

Genus ACCIPITER.

Accipiter Brisson, Orn., i, p. 310 (1760).

Type, Falco nisus Linn.

The genus Accipiter differs from Astur in having the tarsi and toes much more slender and longer and in having the middle toe greatly exceeding the lateral toes in length. It is true that in some species these distinctions are not so pronounced as in most but the separation of so great and widespread a group as the Goshawks and Sparrow-Hawks into two genera is both convenient and desirable and in so far as our Indian species are concerned the differences are obvious.

The genus is cosmopolitan and three species are found within our limits.

Key to Species.

A.Throat with no black mesial line............... A. nisus, p. 156.
B.Throat with broad black mesial line...............A. virgatus, p. 159.
C. Throat with narrow black mesial line...............A. gularis, p. 162.

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.5 1928.
Title in Book: 
Genus ACCIPITER
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1928
Page No: 
156
M_ID: 
2832
M_SN: 
Accipiter
Volume: 
Vol. 5
Term name: 
id: 
4444

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