From gallina— a, hen, feminine of an obsolete adjective gallinus, from gallus—a, cock. The termination is adjectival, as if from gallinax, like virago from virax.
Tibia bare for small space. Tail of twelve to twenty-eight feathers. Pale bands on head and scapular longitudinal. Two notches in posterior margin of breast-bone. Inner secondaries as long as primaries.
Scattered all over the world, and breed in northern parts of Europe and Asia. Females larger than males.
(i.) With broad red subterminal tail-band. Lower breast and abdomen white and not transversely barred. Pale median band on crown.