Genus PEOPASSER

The genus Propasser belongs to the Rose-Finches, the males of which are characterized by rose-coloured plumage, and the females by streaked brown plumage. The birds of this genus may be separated from those of the next genus. Carpodacus, by the presence of a supercilium in both sexes and by the bluntness of the wing, the secondaries falling short of the tip of the wing by a distance less than the length of the tarsus. The bill of Propasser is of much the same shape as that of Haematospiza, but smaller in comparison to the size of the head.
Key to the Species.

a. Supercilium red.
a1. Crown of head with coarse black streaks.
a2. Feathers of forehead, supercilium, throat, and cheeks with shining white shaft-streaks……………………P. thura p. 213.
b2. Feathers of above parts without white shaft-streaks.
a3. Red parts of the head rosy……………………P. pulcherrimus p. 215.
b3. Red parts of the head crimson……………………P. ambiguus p. 215.
b1. Crown of head unstreaked or with mere black shaft-lines.
c2. Rump red.
c3. Wing-coverts not tipped.
a4. Feathers of supercilium and of sides of head and throat pointed and shining rosy; wing 3.5……………………P. grandis p. 216.
b4. Feathers of supercilium and of sides of head and throat rosy red, not pointed; wing 3……………………P. rhodochrous p. 217.
d3. Wing-coverts broadly tipped with rosy……………………P. rhodopeplus p. 217.
d2. Rump coloured like back……………………P. edwardsi p. 218.
b. Supercilium buff or ochraceous.
c1. Ground-colour of lower plumage not uniform ; abdomen whitish……………………P. thura p. 213.
d1. Ground-colour of lower plumage uniform throughout.
e2. Lower plumage ashy white streaked with brown.
e3 . Wing less than 3……………………P. pulcherrimus , p. 215. & P. ambiguus, p. 215
f3. Wing more than 3.5 ……………………P. grandis p. 216.
f2. Lower plumage ochraceous buff, streaked with brown.
g3. Wing under 3; culmen not exceeding .35……………………P. rhodochrous p. 217.
h3. Wing over 3; culmen over .4.
c4. Lores and ear-coverts nearly uniform black; tail 2.8 ……………………P. rhodopeplus p. 217.
d4. Lores and ear-coverts brown, mottled with buff; tail 2.6……………………P. edwardsi p. 218.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
Genus PEOPASSER
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
212
M_ID: 
30672
M_SN: 
Carpodacus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
1037

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