Genus BAZA

This is another generic type the relations of which are very doubtful. It has been referred by different naturalists to the Kites, to the Falcons, and to the Honey-Buzzards.

There is a long nuchal crest of but few feathers. The bill is stout, the culmen well curved, and the cutting-edge of the upper mandible furnished in adults with two teeth or projecting angles on each side (in young birds the tooth is often single) ; the cere is small; nostrils narrow, slightly oblique, with the upper border membranous. Wings moderate, the 3rd or 4th quill longest; tail extending beyond the closed wings, square at the end. Feathers on anterior part of flanks very long, covering the sides of the abdomen. Tarsus short, feathered in front for half its length or rather more, naked parts reticulated ; toes scutellate above ; middle toe about as long as the tarsus, outer toes subequal.

This genus is found in Africa and Madagascar, the Oriental region and parts of the Australian. About a dozen species are known, of which three occur within our limits.

Key to the Species.

a. Upper plumage chiefly black; 3rd quill longest…………………………..B. lophotes, p. 409.
b. Upper plumage brown; 4th quill longest.
a1. Sides of throat rufous in adults; wing 13…………………………..B.jerdoni, p. 411.
b1 Sides of throat grey in adults; wing 12…………………………..B. ceylonensis, p. 411.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
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Genus BAZA
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
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Vol. 3
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