Family ANATIDAE

Family ANATIDAE.

The characters of the single family are the same as those for the Order.

The question of the number of subfamilies into which the family should be divided has been much discussed but the eight which I accepted when writing 'Indian Ducks' seem to be convenient and easily diagnosed, so I retain them here.

Key to Subfamilies.

A. Hind toe not lobed.
a. Neck as long as, or longer than, the body……………Cygninae, p. 379.
b. Neck not as long as body.
a1. Hind toe rather long, tail-feathers rather long. Upper parts glossy……………Plectropterinae, p. 385.
b1. Hind toe moderate, tail-feathers rather short. Upper parts not glossy. No cere……………Anserine, p. 396.
B. Hind toe very narrowly lobed.
c. Bill short and Goose-like……………Chenonettinae, p. 392.
d. Bill rather flat and broad……………Anatinae, p. 408.
C. Hind toe broadly lobed.
e. Bill more or less depressed.
c1. Tail-feathers normal……………Nyrocinae, p. 447.
d1. Tail-feathers narrow and very stif……………Erismaturinae, p. 463,
f. Bill more or less compressed, never depressed……………Merginae, p. 465.

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.6 1929.
Title in Book: 
Family ANATIDAE
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1929
Page No: 
378
M_ID: 
239
M_SN: 
Anatidae
Volume: 
Vol. 6
Term name: 
id: 
5224

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