Genus PIPRISOMA

The genus Piprisoma contains two species which Sharpe places with Prionochilus, but which I prefer to keep separate on the ground of their having but nine primaries.

In Piprisoma the bill is of much the same shape as in Acmonorhynchus but proportionally shorter. Viewed from above the bill is nearly an equilateral triangle with the two sides sinuated. In this genus the plumage is dull and the sexes are alike. Both species are resident over the whole area they inhabit.

Key to the Species.

a. Upper plumage and sides of the head ashy green; lower mandible coarse…………………P. squalidum, p. 382.
b. Upper plumage and sides of the head green; mandible slender…………………P. modestum, p. 383.

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 PIPRISOMA
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
386
M_ID: 
28669
M_SN: 
Dicaeum
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
1255

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