Genus IYNGIPICUS

This is but little more than a small form of Dendrocopus, distinguished by a rather more pointed wing and a shorter tail. The primaries greatly exceed the secondaries in length; the first primary is quite small, and the second is only exceeded in length by the third, fourth, and fifth, which are subequal. The Coloration above is black or brown, with white cross-bars ; beneath brownish white with, almost always, longitudinal brown or black streaks.

Iyngipicus ranges throughout the Oriental region, and one species is found in Africa. Five closely allied species or geographical races are found within Indian limits.

Key to the Species.

a. Upper tail-coverts and median rectrices entirely black.
a1. Whole occiput red in males………………….I. semicoronatus, p. 45.
b1. A red stripe on each side of occiput in males………………….I. pygmaeus, p. 45.
b. Upper tail-coverts fringed and banded with white ; median tail-feathers generally spotted white.
c1. Crown ashy grey ………………….I. canicapillus, p. 40.
d1. Crown light brown, lower parts striated………………….I. hardwickii, p. 47.
e1. Crown blackish brown, lower parts plain………………….I. gymnophthalmus, p. 48.

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 IYNGIPICUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
44
M_ID: 
10577
M_SN: 
Dendrocopos
Volume: 
vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1330

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