Genus CHLIDONIAS

Genus CHLIDONIAS.

Chlidonias Rafinesque, Kentucky Gazette, xxxvi, No. 8 (Feb. 1822).

Type by mon., Sterna melanopses, surinamensis Gmelin.

In this genus the bill is short and slightly compressed; legs and feet small, the webs between the toes deeply emarginate so that the feet appear to be only half webbed; claws long and curved. Wings long, exceeding tail when closed; tail short and very slightly forked; all the species are dark grey or black below during the breeding-season.

Key to Species.

A Culmen under 33 mm. ; crown and nape only black in breeding plumage…………C. leucopareia, p. 111.

B. Culmen over 33 mm,; crown, nape and under-pays black in breeding plumage…………C. leucoptera, p. 114.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.6 1929.
Title in Book: 
Genus CHLIDONIAS
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1929
Page No: 
110
M_ID: 
4669
M_SN: 
Chlidonias
Volume: 
Vol. 6
Term name: 
id: 
4899

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