Genus ARBOROPHILA

Genus ARBOROPHILA.

Arborophila Hodgs., Madr, Journ., v, p. 303 (1837),

Type, Perdix torqueola Valenc

This genus contains a group of little Game-birds, very typical Partridges in appearance but differing both in habits and osteologically from the true Partridges. The legs are longer comparatively than in either Perdix or Francolinus and have no spurs,. whilst the claws are very long and straight. There is a super-orbital chain of bones ; the wing is short and rounded, the first primary between the 8th and 10th in length, the 4th and 5th subequal and longest; the tail, of 14 soft feathers, is equal to about half the length of the wing.

The genus extends from the Himalayas, through the Indo-Chinese countries and the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra, Java and Borneo and to Luzon in the Philippines.

Key to Species.

A.Feathers of flanks more or less chestnut.
A.Breast grey.
a1. Crown chestnut…………..A. torqueola, p. 386.
b1. Crown olive-brown…………..A. rufogularis, p. 389.
B.Breast brownish, crown olive-brown
with black spots…………..A. torqueola, p. 386.
c.Breast chestnut…………..A. mandellii, p. 395.
B.No chestnut on flanks.
d.Breast grey…………..A. atrogularis, p. 393.
e.Breast pale brown or buffy-brown…………..A. brunneopectus, p. 396.

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.5 1928.
Title in Book: 
Genus ARBOROPHILA
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1928
Page No: 
385
M_ID: 
1390
M_SN: 
Arborophila
Volume: 
Vol. 5
Term name: 
id: 
4696

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