Genus GALLOPERDIX

The Spur-fowls, as they are commonly called in India, have some¬what the appearance of Partridges, to which they approximate in size, but the longer tail, more rounded wings, and the wide differ¬ence in the Coloration between the sexes indicate relationship with the Pheasants and Jungle-fowls.

In Galloperdix the tarsus is longer than the middle toe and claw, and bears two or three spurs in the male (even four on one leg have been found in G. spadicea); it is frequently unarmed in the female, but sometimes bears one spur or occasionally two, there being generally in that case two spurs on one leg, one on the other. The 1st primary is shorter than the 10th, 5th or 6th generally longest. The tail, of 14 feathers and considerably rounded at the end, is two-thirds or more than two-thirds as long as the wing. A large naked space around the eye.

Three species are known, all confined to India and Ceylon. None occurs east of the Bay of Bengal or west of the Indus.

Key to the Species.

a. Two or three spurs on each tarsus.
a1. Breast chiefly chestnut or rufous……………………. G. spadicea , p. 167.
b1. Breast buff with black spots…………………….G. lunulata , P.108.
c1. Breast chiefly white…………………….G. bicalcarata ,
b. No spurs, or one on each leg, or two on one leg and one on the other. [p. 100.
d1. Breast chestnut, with black tips and feathers…………………….G. spadicea , p. 107.
e1. Breast ochreous brown…………………….G. lunulata , p. 108.
f1. Breast chestnut without black tips…………………….G. bicalcarata , [p. 110.

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 GALLOPERDIX
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
106
M_ID: 
1458
M_SN: 
Galloperdix
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1915

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