Genus CENTROPUS

This genus is distinguished from all other members of the family by having on the hallux a long nearly straight hind claw, very much like a Lark's. The other claws are but little curved. The tarsus is strong and naked. The bill is deep, moderately large, with the culmen much curved ; the nostrils are partly covered by a membrane. There is a row of bristles above the eye. The wing is short and rounded, the primaries scarcely exceeding the secondaries in length ; the tail is graduated, long and broad. The feathers of the head, neck, and breast are harsh and spinous. Sexes alike.

About 30 species, of which 4 occur within our area, are comprised in Centropus, which ranges almost throughout the Ethiopian and Oriental regions, Papua and Australia.

Key to the Species.

a. Under wing-coverts black or grey or mottled. a1. Head and body black.
a2. Bill black……………………………C. sinensis, p. 239.
b2. Bill green or yellow……………………………C. chlororhynchus, p. 242.
b1. Head and body brown or buff……………………………C. andamanensis, p. 242.
b. Under wing-coverts chestnut……………………………C. bengalensis, p. 243.

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 CENTROPUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
238
M_ID: 
5899
M_SN: 
Centropus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1584

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