Genus THRIPONAX

This genus is structurally very similar to Hemilophus, except that it has a well-marked nuchal crest, and that the feathers of the head are of the ordinary texture. The bill is not quite so long as in Hemilophus, and the nasal ridge is farther from the culmen, though still nearer to it, at the base of the bill, than to the commissure. The plumage in Thriponax is chiefly black, in most species with some white on the body; the cap and a malar patch are red in males, in females of all Indian species the occiput and nape retain the red colour.

The genus occurs in Malabar, throughout Burma and the Malay countries, in the Philippines, and Korea. There are four Indian species.

Key to the Species.

a. Rump white.
a1. Primaries black throughout, or nearly so…………………….T. hodgsoni, p. 72.
b1. Basal half of inner webs of primaries white…………………….T. feddeni, p. 73.
b. Rump black.
c1. Abdomen white…………………….T. javensis, p. 74.
d1. No white in plumage…………………….T. hodgii, p. 75.

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 THRIPONAX
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
72
M_ID: 
10961
M_SN: 
Dryocopus
Volume: 
vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1364

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