Genus ACRIDOTHERES

The genus Acridotheres contains the typical Mynas, one of the species being universally distributed over the Empire, and a most familiar bird.

In Acridotheres the nasal and frontal plumes are Lengthened and erect, or slightly curled backwards. There is a large patch of bare skin beneath and behind the eye. The feathers of the crown are elongated and pointed. The bill is shorter than the head, with the culmen curved, the wing very blunt, and the tail considerably rounded. The sexes are quite alike.

The Mynas of this genus are mostly ground-birds; they have a variety of notes, some harsh and some very pleasing, and they breed in holes of trees, houses, and earthen banks, one species occasionally constructing a massive roundish nest in a tree.

Key to the Species.

a. Under wing-coverts and axillaries white.
a1. Primary-coverts entirely white………………A. tristis, p. 587.
b1. Primary-coverts half black and half white………………A. melanosternus, p. 538.
b. Under wing-coverts and axillaries buff………………A. ginginianus, p. 538.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
Genus ACRIDOTHERES
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
537
M_ID: 
26782
M_SN: 
Acridotheres
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
749

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