Genus CERYLE

Bill long, compressed; culmen slightly curved, flattened or rounded above, with a groove on each side. Wings rather pointed, 2nd or 3rd quill longest, 1st but little shorter. Tail longer than culmen.

This genus inhabits the Ethiopian and Oriental regions with the Southern portion of the Palaearctic and the whole of America. There are two Indian species, distinguished by their black and white plumage.

Key to the Species.
Back not barred ; wing 5.5………………………….C. varia, p. 119.
Back transversely barred; wing over 7………………………….C. lugubris, p. 121.

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 CERYLE
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
119
M_ID: 
9386
M_SN: 
Ceryle
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1426

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