Genus COCCYSTES

Unlike any of the preceding genera of Cuckoos, the present is distinguished by possessing a pointed occipital crest of some length; the tail is much longer than the wing, and the tail-feathers graduated; the wing is short and rounded, the primaries only extend one-fourth to one-fifth the length of the closed wing beyond the secondaries; the tarsus is bare except at the base. Bill compressed, culmen much curved towards the tip. Sexes alike. No distinct plumage in the young.

The six species belonging to this genus range throughout Africa, Southern Europe, and Southern Asia. Two are Indian.

Key to the Species.

Upper parts entirely black ………………………C. jacobinus, p. 225.
A white collar; wings mostly chestnut………………………C. coromandus, p. 226.

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 COCCYSTES
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
224
M_ID: 
6038
M_SN: 
Clamator
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1563

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