Genus CHELIDON

The genus Chelidon contains the Martins, which are distinguished from all the other birds of this group by their feathered tarsus and toes. The rump in all the species is white, and forms a conspicuous feature of the Martins when flying. The shape of the tail varies in the different species, G. urbica having the tail somewhat deeply forked, and C. nepalensis having it quite square.

The Martins build nests of mud lined with feathers, and lay four to six pure white eggs.

Key to the Species.

a. Under tail-coverts white.
a1. The longer upper tail-coverts black.
a2. Lower plumage pure white; fork of tail half to three-quarters inch deep……………………C. urbica, p. 269.
b2. Lower plumage pale grey; fork of tail one-quarter inch, or less, deep……………………C. kashmiriensis, p. 269.
b1. The longer upper tail-coverts white……………………C. lagopus, p. 270.
b. Under tail-coverts black……………………C. nepalensis, p. 271.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
Genus CHELIDON
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
268
M_ID: 
22560
M_SN: 
Delichon
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
1106

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