Genus ALCEDO

Back bright blue, head banded black and blue. Bill long, compressed; culmen very slightly curved, the ridge rounded not flattened above, and with a slight groove on each side. Wing somewhat pointed, 3rd or 4th quill longest, 1st and 2nd very little shorter. Tail very short, shorter than the bill and rounded at the end. Feet weak.

A genus of 10 known species, half of which are Indian. The generic range extends throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Key to the Species.

a. Size small; wing 2.5 to 3.2.
a1. Ear-coverts ferruginous in adults………………………….A. ispida, p. 122.
b1. Ear-coverts blue in adults.
a2. Middle of back pale blue………………………….A. beavani, p. 124.
b2. Middle of back deep blue ………………………….A. meninting, p. 125.
b. Size larger; wing about 3.5.
c1. No green band across breast.
c2. Bars on head conspicuous, whitish blue………………………….A. grandis, p. 125.
d2. Bars on head inconspicuous, dull greenish blue………………………….A. euryzona , p. 126.
d1. A green band across breast………………………….A. euryzona ,p. 126.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
Genus ALCEDO
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
122
M_ID: 
9285
M_SN: 
Alcedo
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1429

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