Genus AEGITHINA

The genus Aegithina, allied to the last genus, is equally, in my opinion, removed from the Bulbuls.

All the species of Aegithina have two moults in the year. The females in all cases remain unchanged in colour by the moults, but the males in some cases have a very distinct summer and winter plumage.

In Aegithina the bill is about two thirds the Length of the head, with the culmen nearly straight; the bill is notched and pointed. The wing is very rounded and the tail short and square. The plumage of the rump is remarkably soft and copious, and the males are in the habit at times of puffing it out.

All the species are green and yellow, and they have a close resemblance one to the other.

Key to the Species.

a. Tail black or green throughout.
a1. Upper plumage either greenish yellow or black or a mixture of both…………………AE. tiphia, p. 230.
b1. Upper plumage entirely dark green…………………AE. viridissima, p. 231.
b. Tail tipped with white…………………AE. nigrilutea, p. 232.

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 AEGITHINA
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
229
M_ID: 
18357
M_SN: 
Aegithina
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
334

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