Genus LAMPROCORAX

Lamprocorax Bonaparte, Comp. Bend., xxxvii. p. 830 (1853). Type, Lamprocorax grandis Salvadori.

The genus Lamprocorax contains certain species of birds known as Glossy Starlings or Stares, more closely allied structurally to Eulabes than to the true Starlings but in habits and superficial resemblance very like birds of the genus Sturnia. They range from North-East India, through Burma, the Malay States and Islands to Australia.

The plumage is intensely glossy, the bill fairly stout and gently curved; the nostrils are small and round; the wing long and pointed; the tail of moderate length and well graduated; the tarsus and feet strong.

Some modern ornithologists unite Lamprocorax with Aplonis from which, however, it is well differentiated in several characters. In Aplonis the bill is deeper and more curved, the tail is but very slightly rounded and the wing is shorter and less pointed.

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.3 1926.
Title in Book: 
Genus LAMPROCORAX
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1926
Page No: 
21
M_ID: 
26656
M_SN: 
Aplonis
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
3692

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