Genus ELANUS

Bill small, wide at the base, compressed towards the end; culmen curved sharply from the cere; festoon distinct; nostrils oval, nearly horizontal, protected by long loral bristles. Wings long and pointed, exceeding the tail when closed; 2nd quill longest; tail moderately long, square at the end. Tarsi short and stout, feathered in front for more than half their length; naked parts reticulated throughout. Toes strong, reticulated above, except close to the claws, lateral toes subequal in length; middle claw keeled, the others rounded beneath.

This is a genus of small birds allied to the Kites and comprising five species, distributed throughout the tropics and subtropical countries of the world. One species is Indian.

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 ELANUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
379
M_ID: 
2540
M_SN: 
Elanus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1734

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