Family CAPRIMULGIDAE

Bill short, weak and flexible; gape very wide. Nostrils tubular. Wings long, the second quill generally the longest. Middle toe long, the claw (in the typical forms) pectinated on the inside. Fourth (outer) toe with only 4 phalanges. Plumage soft and finely mottled.

This family is found in nearly all tropical and temperate regions. Two genera are Indian, both belonging to the typical section, with a pectinated claw to the middle toe.

Key to the Genera.

Strong rictal bristles; no ear-tufts……………….CAPRIMULGUS, p. 183,
No rictal bristles; ear-tufts present……………….LYNCORNIS, p. 192.

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: 
Family CAPRIMULGIDAE
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
183
M_ID: 
7093
M_SN: 
Caprimulgidae
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1516

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