Genus AETHIOPSAR

The genus Aethiopsar differs from Acridotheres in one important particular. The birds of the latter genus have a considerable space on the side of the head bare of feathers; those of the former have the whole side of the head and even the eyelids closely feathered.

Aethiopsar contains three species of Myna found in India, one of which is very common and widely distributed, and two are little known and found only on the eastern borders of the Empire. In habits they resemble Acridotheres, but the commoner species, AE. fuscus, is confined to forest country as a rule, and is seldom seen near houses.

Key to the Species.

a. With no collar on the sides of the neck.
a1. Body-plumage brown ; frontal plumes short ………………AE. fuscus, p. 539.
b1. Body-plumage black ; frontal plumes long………………AE, grandis, 541.
b. With a collar on the sides of the neck ………………AE. albicinctus, p. 541.

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 AETHIOPSAR
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
539
M_ID: 
26782
M_SN: 
Acridotheres
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
753

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