Genus FULICA

The Coots, which constitute this, genus, are distinguished by having their long toes fringed by a broad membrane divided into convex lobes corresponding to the phalanges, and by the tarsus, which is considerably shorter than the mid-toe without claw, bearing a membranous fringe behind. The bill is of moderate length, compressed, and rather deep, terminating on the forehead in a frontal disk of varying form. The plumage of all species is dark grey or blackish. Sexes alike.

This genus is nearly cosmopolitan and includes about 12 species, of which one is Indian.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
Genus FULICA
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
180
M_ID: 
3760
M_SN: 
Fulica
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2004

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