Genus AETHORHYNCHUS

In this genus the bill is very strong, nearly as long as the head, very nearly straight and with the tip strongly notched and hooked; the nostrils are long ovals and the rictal bristles are weak. The tail is almost square at the end. The 1st primary is about half the length of the 2nd and the 3rd and 4th are longest and not equal. The legs are not so strong as is usual in the Timaliidae.
The position of this genus, of AEgithina which is very closely allied to it, and of Chloropsis is very doubtful. In all three the sexes are dissimilar and in the first two the summer and winter plumages of the males are different. They have frequently been placed in a family with the Bulbuls and one or two others but they appear to me to be even less closely connected with them than with the truly Timaliine birds. Probably they should be placed in a family by themselves leading from the Timaliidae to the Pycnonotidae but for the present I leave them as they are. Specimens in spirit are wanted for examination.

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.1 1922.
Title in Book: 
Genus AETHORHYNCHUS
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1922
Page No: 
337
M_ID: 
18357
M_SN: 
Aegithina
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
2812

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