Genus CHRYSOCOCCYX

This is a genus of small Cuckoos distinguished by the sexes differing in plumage, and by the male exhibiting brilliant colours with a metallic lustre. The structure presents few peculiarities; the tail is short and slightly rounded, the wings long and pointed, the primaries exceeding the secondaries by more than one-third the length of the closed wing. The tarsus is feathered almost throughout.

In the British Museum Catalogue the African forms are placed in a separate genus, but I do not think them entitled to distinction. The genus in the sense here accepted inhabits the Ethiopian, Oriental, and Australian regions and extends to New Zealand.

Key to the Species.

Upper parts green……………………… C. maculatus, ad., p. 222.
Upper parts violet ………………………C. xanthorhynchus, ad., p. 221.
Upper parts coppery bronze………………………C. maculatus, & juv., p. 222.
Head above light rufous, mantle green………………………C. xanthorhynchus, & juv.,p. 221

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 CHRYSOCOCCYX
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
221
M_ID: 
6123
M_SN: 
Chrysococcyx
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1558

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