Genus GALLINULA

Bill moderate, the basal portion of the culmen bent up on the forehead to form a frontal shield that is rounded behind ; nostrils elongate. Toes fringed with a membrane and extremely long, the mid-toe without claw exceeding the tarsus in length. In the wing the 2nd quill is longest, or the 2nd and 3rd equal; the 1st is equal to the 5th or 6th.

Of this genus, which is found throughout the greater part of the world, six species are enumerated in Sharpe's Catalogue, but only one occurs in India.

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 GALLINULA
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
175
M_ID: 
3729
M_SN: 
Gallinula
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1998

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