Genus BATRACHOSTOMUS

Wings rounded, short, 4th'and 5th quills longest. Tail long, graduated. No rictal bristles, but there are conspicuous bristly feathers at the base of the bill;' tufts of the same in front of the eyes, and ear-tufts, with bristles at the ends of the feathers. Tarsus short; feet small, middle toe elongate. Sexes in most species very different in plumage.

This genus, which is nearly allied to the Australian Podargus inhabits the greater part of the Oriental region, and comprises about nine species, of which three occur within Indian limits.

Key to the Species.

a. General colour speckled greyish brown.
a1. Crown with irregular black blotches; wing 5.3……………….B. hodgsoni , p. 194,
b1. Crown without distinct black marks; wing 4.5……………….B. affinis , p. 196.
c1. Crown with small black spots, each ter¬minating behind in a whitish speck……………….B. moniliger , p. 196,
b. General colour chestnut.
d1. Scapulars with large white black-bordered patches; no white on wing-coverts.
a2. Wing 5.3; colour bright……………….B. hodgsoni , p. 194,
b2. Wing 4.5; colour dull……………….B. affinis , p. 196.
e1. Scapulars ending in small black and buff spots; white spots on wing-coverts……………….B. moniliger , p. 196,

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 BATRACHOSTOMUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
194
M_ID: 
7045
M_SN: 
Batrachostomus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1529

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